Do you have any traditions you do every summer? For my family, we always go blueberry picking every year. The last two years, though, I’ve noticed it’s just my parents and I going off to pick blueberries as soon as the blueberry field is open for picking each season. My sons used to come along, but both of them have dropped off now that they are getting older. My dad tends to go back many times throughout the season to gather more berries which will then be frozen so they have blueberries all year round.
Here are some things to remember when out picking blueberries:
1. Always taste the berries in the area you are picking in to make sure you like them.
2. On the same note, though, don’t overeat them or you’ll pay for it the next day. (Believe me, I know!)
3. Reach for the berries in the middle of the bush – most people won’t bother, and that’s where all the nice juicy plump ones are hiding.
4. Watch out for creepy crawlies!
5. Try to get there at the beginning of the day to avoid the heat and the crowds.
6. If you like rinsing your berries off before freezing the extra ones, make sure you lay them out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to dry the water off before freezing or you’ll have huge frozen clumps of berries bunched together when you go to use them throughout the year. (I also put the whole tray in the freezer and freeze the berries in a single layer before transferring them to large freezer bags.)
Mostly, enjoy being outside with delicious fresh berries to gobble down!
And always remember the advice from a blueberry!