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Blueberries For Gram

July 10, 2011

It’s that time of year: Blueberry season. Since 2005 Grandma has been traveling from Idaho to Oregon to pick blueberries. It started out innocent enough – we were visiting here and my brother thought it would be a fun experience to take us all to the patch. She was hooked and can’t get enough of Those Bluerries.

So our adventure began a few days ago – the first day our favorite patch opened.

Tom’s Berry Patch on Hwy 47 between Forest Grove & Banks.

We were there at 9 am sharp with her so anxious she would have gone at 6 if I had taken her. We loaded our wagon with containers and snacks and surveyed the rows.

Three picking days later we have 301 lbs and she’s still not satisfied. Is anyone going next week that can take her along? She just needs room for her container and stool. And she’ll need freezer space becuase ours if FULL. I’m suprised she hasn’t offered to take me to Sears to get another one.

The dog is Maggie and the boys were much more interested in playing with her than picking berries. Our second morning out they brought a ball and tried to play fetch. The dog preferred fetching blueberries over the ball! Go figure.

What do you do with all those berries? That’s what everyone asks. We eat them every day in a bluberry smoothie of course. But still….300-400 lbs is an awful lot. She divies them out among family and a few very lucky friends.

This is how we process them. May not be the best but after doing it a few years it’s what works best for us.

1) Find all available containers around the house and fill them.

2) When home go through them a handful at a time and pick out the stems, greenies, and squashed ones.

3) Rinse them thoroughly. Note to self: get a bigger strainer next year.

4) Spread out on a towel on the counter or grass. Roll them around to dry them off as much as possible.

5) Scoop into freezer bags. We go through many gallon and then use quart size to fill in the small spaces of the freezer.

6) Use little pump to suck out excess air. I do have a vacume sealer but with how many we did I can’t afford so many fancy bags!

7) Freeze and enjoy all year long!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    July 11, 2011 3:25 am

    300 lbs? That’s crazy! I love your Gram! Give her a hug for me.

  2. July 11, 2011 1:10 pm

    I actually look forward to the tales and pictures of Gram’s blueberry picking season!!

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