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Blueberry Syrup is a wonderful concoction that has many purposes. At first, you might wonder why you would want to discard the blueberry pulp and only use the juice. This method is a way to use up berries that are just about spent and still put food on the table.
Blueberry syrup can be added to maple syrup to bring a new flavor. Maple syrup can be pricey, and will a house full of boys can empty a sixteen-dollar jug in one pancake sitting. When you add syrups to the maple syrup it can make it go twice as far. This works for my tight teenage-feeding budget.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled to preserve a large batch. Two methods of making the syrup last a long time are canning and freezing. Our video walks you through freezing the portioned syrups for later use.
Bring mixture to a boil, constantly stirring so you don’t burn the sugar. After the boil let it simmer for 15 minutes.
Let the mixture cool to the point of not burning yourself when you work with it. Place the sieve over the bowl and pour the mixture into the sieve. Using a spatula, mash the mixture until no more juice comes out. Be sure to scrape the underside of the sieve. A lot of juice will collect there.See my Amazon picks for cooking!
Pour 2/3 cup of syrup into 2 bags. Label them. Lay flat in the freezer.
Put the blueberry syrup discard into the third bag to freeze. This can be used in quick bread, added to pancake batter, homemade ice cream or smoothies.
In the video, I share that I use this blueberry syrup for lemonade to give it a special look and flavor. If you are short on time with visitors coming, mix up the powdered stuff and pour in the syrup, homemade! You could even throw in the discard to have blueberry bits floating around.
The syrup makes fabulous ice cream or frozen yogurt and you are now prepared with some already made ahead. This is one option if you run into a sale and have a pile of blueberries.
Picking blueberries with your family is a treat. Baking throughout the year with the harvest you picked makes the food that much sweeter. The memories made by investing in your family’s food from visiting farms or meeting the farmer at a market is priceless. Consider what you can do to bring the origin of your food closer to home.
Blueberry pie filling can also be prepared with this recipe. Do the same procedure except add the following.
Large batches of pie filling can be canned using the water-bath method.