Friday, August 19, 2011

Blueberry Harvest and Blueberrry Pie

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The Blueberries are here in Maine. Big time. :-) We always buy our blueberries in bulk from an organic farm called Red House Farm. We, along with family and friends, bought a bulk order of 190lbs of blueberries. Can you imagine??
Here is what one box of blueberries looks like (and it's half full!!):
Here are the rest of the (emptied) boxes:
Most of the berries were picked up immediately. We froze quite a few for people who couldn't pick them up right away. Here is a fun view of our freezer:
Good thing we have a chest freezer, is all I can say. When we get these berries, we freeze most of them and eat them throughout the year. Some, we use to make frozen Blueberry Pies to eat at a later date!! Instead of a craft article today, I am going to give you an easy blueberry pie recipe!!

You'll Need:
4 cups Blueberries
2/3 to 1 cup Sugar (depending on your taste preference)
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon Lemon juice
1. 5 Tablespoons of butter
2 pie crusts

~Mix dry ingredients in medium size bowl and mix thoroughly.
~Add four cups blueberries to dry and coat them entirely.

~Pour them into a pie shell
~Squeeze lemon juice of the blueberries. (For pies that will be frozen and eaten over winter....switch the lemon juice for cinammon....it makes it perfect for that time of year!!).
~Place little pads of butter over the top of the pie.
~Put other pie shell on top of blueberries and press down sides to seal it. It might not look as fancy schmancy as Martha's but it'll get the job done. :-)
~Pop some holes in the top for ventilation and pop that sucker in a gallon ziplock bag. Zip up most of the zipper....leaving a little space of you to suck the air out. Put it right in the freezer (don't put aything else on top of it until it is frozen solid).
~When you are ready to bake this pie....cook it at 425 until the top is golden. I judge by the smell, not the time!!!

This is what we try to do in our house during the major fruit harvest. Especially blueberries and apples. We get an over the top amount of fruit, make a ton of uncooked pies, and freeze them for later....then when we want a quick and fun dessert all fall/winter/spring we've got fresh pies ready to be chomped!! Or, you could bring it to a party during the holidays!!

I make a whole bundle of these during any fruit harvest
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