Pickle them, make them into jam, and bake them into everything.

By Margaret Eby
June 25, 2019
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During the time of year when blueberries are abundant, the first, natural move is to eat handfuls of them with absolutely no accoutrement at all. The second is adding them to pancakes, muffins, or scones. And the third is to look wonderingly at your blueberry bounty wondering what the heck you're supposed to do with the rest of them.

Not to worry, because too many blueberries is a problem you can solve easily. The first thing you should know is that blueberries freeze really nicely if you spread them out, so you can go ahead and put your excess in the freezer to enjoy through all those months when fresh blueberries aren't readily available. The second is, like every other berry, blueberries are a great candidate for making jam or pickles. Pickled blueberries are particularly delicious in salads, or with goat cheese on a cracker. But of course, there's a whole world of other ways to use up your blueberry stash if you need some inspiration. 

Put Them In Everything You Bake

Cobblers, pies, crisps, pancakes, biscuits, scones, muffins—there aren't too many baked things that wouldn't benefit from a handful of blueberries thrown in. From Spiced Blueberry Pie to Blueberry-Almond Cobbler, there's a world of blueberry baked goods out there to explore.

Turn Them Into Soup

Maybe you're not a big baked goods person, so the whole list of blueberry pancakes and cakes and pies doesn't do much for you. Fair enough! Blueberries also make a delicious chilled soup with lemon and orange. It's a nice treat on a hot day, and it'll use up four cups of your blueberry supply, too. 

Use Them In Cocktails

Blueberries are excellent when infused into a spirit that otherwise doesn't have a whole lot of flavor, like vodka. They're also a nice counterpoint to something that's more flavorful and could use that touch of fruity sweetness. A blueberry Margarita would be delicious, or you could opt to infuse gin with blueberries and spices to make this Blueberry Thrill, the kind of drink that's perfect for an evening cooldown in July. 

Throw Them Into a Fruit Salsa

Blueberries are not a traditional ingredient in salsa, it's true. But they are a delicious one, depending on what you're going for. Mixed with cilantro, hot peppers, lemon juice, bell peppers, and onion, blueberries make a great salsa for putting on grilled fish, chicken, or vegetables, and a suprising twist on the usual chips and dip situation. 

Add Them Into Your Lunch Salad

Blueberries sometimes get overlooked as salad contributors, and I'm here to say that they can be every bit as delicious with walnuts, goat cheese, and balsamic as their fellow strawberries. For a funkier twist, try them in this Blueberry Gorgonzola Salad. 

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