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What shall I do with my berries?

Asked by Jonesn4burgers (7304points) July 1st, 2014

My garden has flopped under the stress of all these storms. The hail was especially punnishing.
I have black raspberries, however, growing wild along the back edge of the property, and this year they are showing off.
I have some ways I like to eat them, but with so many more on the way, I thought I’d experiment. I don’t have a pressure cooker, so jam, jelly, canning is out.
I would like to know all the ways you like raspberries, and new ideas you think of.
Body art is out.

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ZEPHYRA's avatar

How about something along these lines?

Not necessarily this one, there are so many similar to that one that you may like.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Gee, that looks like great cool refreshment for these hot summer days! Thanx!

JLeslie's avatar

Make a syrup and use it over ice cream. You can make it in a regular pan on the stove.

Mimishu1995's avatar

Or use it as ice-cream topping. You know, just put them on the ice-cream or tear them into small pieces.

CWMcCall's avatar

You do not need a pressure cooker to make blackberry jam

longgone's avatar

^ Exactly.

syz's avatar

Ooooh, a crisp is always a winner! (So much better than a cobbler.)

I also like to muddle raspberries in the bottom of a glass with a little sugar and fresh mint, then top with ½ lemonade and ½ mineral water over ice – so summery and refreshing.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

My father liked them with milk and a little sugar. Sometimes mushed a little. Thirds on the not needing a pressure cooker for preserves.

marinelife's avatar

Freezer jam

Clafloutis is a delicious French dessert with berries.

gailcalled's avatar


Make a baked meringue pie shell Martha Stewart’s way (or any way you like).
Fill to brimming with fresh berries of any kind. Cover with slightly sweetened whipped cream. It’s overkill since there is nothing better than berries eaten off the bush as is, in season., but very tasty.

You can also put them on a large cookie sheet, not touching each other, and freeze, and save for winter. Pour the frozen berries into a large lidded container and keep in freezer for several months.

Coloma's avatar

Make a pie! I live in an area with tons of wild blackberries and I make the best apple/blackberry pie. You can also just rinse and freeze them and make smoothies and use them for topping on ice cream. Then there is jam. Oooh, berry jam!

Kardamom's avatar

So far this summer I’ve made This Recipe 3 times in as many weeks. The most recent one I made with nectarines and blackberries. I’m sure your black raspberries would be fabulous in this dish. You can either just use berries, or you can also add apples, nectarines, peaches or pears.

You could also make some delicous Salad Dressing. Drizzle it onto This Salad

Whiz them around in your blender with some Greek yogurt.

Make one of the Grilled Fontina, Basil, and Berry Sandwiches

Either make a regular cheesecake, or get one from Trader Joe’s and simply top it with the berries. It makes a very elegant presentation and tastes wonderful.

I don’t even believe that this exists, but I gave it a try and found a recipe for Berry, Fennel and Goat Cheese Pizza. I’m so going to try this!

Or maybe you’d like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Smashed Berries

How about some Berry BBQ Sauce for your summer cookouts?

Of course, there’s always a good ol’ Smoothie

El_Cadejo's avatar

I just harvested a bunch of blackberries from my garden. I plan on making either sorbet or ice cream with them, haven’t decided yet.

@marinelife Clafloutis sounds like a disease :P

ibstubro's avatar

Dingle some of them into waffle batter and make waffles. The smell alone is enough to make you weep. When I was a kid, I would get up early, run out and pick a cup or two of wild raspberries and bake them into waffles. Little bit of heaven. I imagine you could put a little ice cream on them, and have them for desert, as well.

You don’t need a pressure cooker for jam and jelly. Just a pan and sterile jars and lids.

p.s. you can make a lot of waffles and store them in the frizzer. Leggo my homemadeo.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

WOW! WOW, WOW,WOW! What delicious ideas. These will carry me right over through next year!
@Kardamom, you really came through big, but you robbed yourself on lurve. I would like to GA each of your suggestions.
Knock my block off with a shovel, all these years I believed a pressure cooker was required to make canning set properly.
I am SO glad I asked.
Right now we are picking about a pint a day, but they got a late start due to a couple of late cold snaps. They are really picking up pace now. I expect a quart a day in a couple of weeks.

gailcalled's avatar

Just freeze much of the harvest to buy yourself some time. The birds here get most of the wild raspberries and blackberries. I envy you.

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

Hold on to your hat…................................... THEY DON’T EVEN SEEM TO KNOW THE BERRIES ARE THERE! We have a small mulberry bush too, and it never has much. I think they go to it maybe, but its berries are kinda flat tasting.

gailcalled's avatar

Where are you? (And no need to shout,) Do you have a dog or dogs?

Jonesn4burgers's avatar

I’m a city dweller where patches of wilderness can be found in numerous locations. One of them adjoins my back property line. We have a number of hawks and owls in the area, but we still have plenty of songbirds too. Our neighbor has a dog, but that little yip-yip stays indoors mostly.
Our wildlife just seem like good neighbors here. We have lots of robins, some cardinals, wrens, sparrows,larks, you get the idea. We have no crows, not in our yard. Some can be seen a few blocks away, but not here. No pigeons either. Funny place, here. Go out the front door, you have a busy street, lots of houses, the city bus comes by every hour. Go out the back door, the only house you see is mine, and next door. There is woods which comes right to my back yard, and alongside my house on one side all the way to the street out front. Deer, turkeys, squirrels, woodchucks, raccoons, opossums, owls, hawks, snakes visit our backyard, but none of them get into anything we don’t want them to.

ibstubro's avatar

When I was a kid in the Midwest, the birds never seemed like much competition for the raspberries. Like you, we had mulberry, so maybe that was just the easier route.

Adagio's avatar

@Jonesn4burgers When you make jam the sugar content is what preserves it, do sterilise jars first though, that can easily be done in the oven.

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