Thursday, August 09, 2007

We planted twenty blueberry bushes (six varieties - yum!) in our yard last year, but since we have to wait for them to grow a bit we headed over to C.N. Smith farm yesterday for some pick-your-own fun. I seem to have some sort of blueberry picking addiction. I could stay all day, hunting for the best bushes and just the right berries. Rowan and Dagny think it's fun, but don't want to stay nearly as long. So they spent some time sitting in the car with Andrew - ac on and Highway to Hell blaring - and I restrained myself from filling the buckets to the very brim. All in all we came home with about 22 cups of beautiful blueberries.

Two cups went right into some Blueberry Honey Butter:

1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1. In a saucepan, bring blueberries and 2 tablespoons of honey to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly for about three minutes or until mixture thickens and is reduced by half. Cool.

2. Add remaining honey. Fold in softened butter.

We prefer to blend everything together really well with our mixer rather than folding it in. The same recipe is delicious with strawberries too.

I'll be doing some canning tomorrow, assuming the berries don't disappear before then.


kelli said...

OH, man Rowan, you cute! And you look older....NOOO! :)

Laura said...

What a lovely pile of blueberries! And a lovely girl! And a lovely-sounding recipe! I've got some blueberries here and think I must try that recipe NOW. Fun to hear about your canning - I can food too. :)

Rue said...

It really is delicious. Rowan eats it every day :o).

I ended up going back to the farm by myself to pick more berries, so all in all we ended up with 6 pints of blueberry jam, 2 pints of blueberry honey butter, one blueberry pie, and lots of berries to freeze for middle-of-winter-must-have-blueberry-honey-butter emergencies.

Laura said...

Ok, wait - do you can the blueberry honey butter? Or does it just keep for a long while? I MUST KNOW! :)

Rue said...

You don't can it. We go through it pretty quickly, but I know it lasts at least a couple of weeks.