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Its blackberry season!


Dave Hatfield
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In our area the blackberries are at their peak. This year is a good one so the crop is heavy & we have picked at lot.

Initially we freeze them whole after cleaning; that is those that don't end up with ice cream or in a blackberry & apple pie.

Later we'll make jam & jelly as well as blackberry puree.

We're looking for other ideas on how to use/preserve them.

What do you do?

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We've got tons here, too -- wild and seedy with great flavour but not much sweetness. My suggestion:

500 ml berries

250 ml sugar

750 ml vodka

Put everything into a big glass jug with a lid, stir once a week and drink at Christmas.

Peter Gamble aka "Peter the eater"

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Love this coffee cake! Have made it many times and have recommended it to lots of people:

Streusel-Topped Triple Berry Coffee Cake

http://www.finerkitchens.com/swap/forum6/6...rry_Coffee_Cake

A few savory recipes to check out (haven't tried them yet):

Duck with Blackberry Sauce:

http://origin.www.epicurious.com/recipes/r...iews/views/1265

Duck Breasts with Blackberry-Chocolate Sauce:

http://www.pacificpalate.com/print_2004_2a.html

Rosemary Chicken Skewers with Berry Sauce:

http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/0072...berry_sauce.php

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Here's a good one: sweet and sour blackberry sauce. Blackberries, sugar, pinch of salt and balsamic vinegar. Cook down to desired consistency. Strain--or not. More to the sour side, it would be great with duck, pork or game. More to the sweet side, pour over ice cream or pancakes.

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We've got tons here, too -- wild and seedy with great flavour but not much sweetness. My suggestion:

500 ml berries

250 ml sugar

750 ml vodka

Put everything into a big glass jug with a lid, stir once a week and drink at Christmas.

LOL Peter -- I clicked on this topic specifically to post the same recipe. I make it with red raspberries and have friends vying for it as their Christmas gifts. One woman brought her empty bottle back after New Year's asking for a refil :)

Amy in Michigan
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