Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Blueberries For Sal

Blueberries are finally in season! We spent all morning yesterday, in the dead heat and sun shine picking blueberries. I really tried to leave early but Landon decided to throw a hour long fit over breakfast. By the time we left, it was close to 8:00am. Landon ended up getting no breakfast. Of course, it wasn't my problem. He had to let everyone around us know he didn't get breakfast. Not my problem. I offered and he refused. Ya, we were going at it for a while at the blueberry farm. After, we picked our first bucket. I found my friend Nancy and the boys took off playing with her boys. Finally, I was able to get some picking done. At this point, all of the bushes were picked but that didn't stop us. It ended up taking forever. A total of three hours for three gallons of blueberries. I'm going to go back next week. Does anyone want to watch my kids?
Everytime we go blueberry picking. I always think of this book. If you haven't read it before your missing out. This book is a classic. I found out my friend Krista loves this book and its one of her favorite children's book. Just like in the book, were Sal goes blueberry picking with her mother. I took my kids blueberry picking. The kids didn't come across a bear but a turtle. Boy, did that turtle keep the kids busy. If it wasn't for the turtle we probably would of left a lot sooner.
I decided to try using my friend Nancy's jucier/steamer to make blueberry syrup. Wow, I need to get on for myself. This thing make's it so easy to make blueberry juice. I'm going to put this on my wish list.

The kids just had to help. They loved squeezing the clamp and watching the juice come out of the juicer.Seriously, this just took a few minutes.

Don't try to make syrup in this little size of a pot. It ended up boiling over and created a huge mess.

Ta-dah! Blueberry Syrup! All that work for only a couple of jars. I'm done! Yes, I did it. I can't wait to try it.


banananutmeg said...

yummy! I need to try using the steamer juicer next time! It was a mess using the food processor and strainer.
I want to pick again next week! I'm going to bring my kids though. They had a lot of fun last time, if we get there right away it won't be so hot or take as long so they won't have as much time to get bored.

lara said...

Ya, getting their early is important. The heat is a killer. I really want to pick about 3 or 4 more gallons.

Jason, Erin, Hannah, and Bella said...

I love that book. It was one of my favorites when I was little. I bought it for my kids before I even had kids just so I would have it around.