is the best time to enjoy fresh berries. We invite you to
take advantage this summer of the plentiful selection of fresh
berries blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries,
all sweet and delicious on their own, but sometimes
even better when served in a cake, pie, as a garnish, as a
sauce or even as a compliment to savory dinner dishes.
Wed like to share some helpful tips
on how to choose the very best berries for your baked goods
and savory dishes:
- Unless you are fortunate enough to live
near fresh berry farms and have the luxury of having hand-picked
fresh berries, we recommend purchasing organic berries.
Not only are they better for your, void of harsh pesticides
and other chemicals, but they taste much better than the
commercially produced variety.
- Always look for glossy, plump berries
with rich color. When buying berries at the grocery store
packaged in plastic containers, turn the box over and make
sure that there are no major stains on the bottom. This
would signal that there are a few berries beginning to break
- Make sure that there are no signs of
mold even if one berry is molding, all the berries
have the potential to take on that moldy, undesirable flavor.
- For blackberries and raspberries
If you are planning on eating the berries fresh,
pick fully ripe, soft and fragrant berries. If you are planning
to use the berries for canning, baking, or for cooking sauces,
choose berries that are a little firmer.
- For strawberries Rinse
only if they are commercially produced or have been exposed
to sprays and chemicals. A gentle rub with a towel can remove
the dust and dirt without sacrificing the flavor that could
be washed off with an innocent water bath. Keep the caps
on the berries until you are ready to serve to avoid premature
spoilage. If you have to wait more than an hour before eating,
sprinkle the berries with a little sugar, cover and refrigerate.
Unlike blackberries and raspberries, strawberries tend to
be at their best when eaten fresh, rather than baked or
- For Blueberries Choose round,
plump blueberries with a light covering of "bloom"
(a whitish coating that preserves the moisture of the berry).
Blueberries are delicious, both fresh, baked and frozen
This month we would like to share some of
our favorite berry recipes from this months recipes
and our archives:
Breakfast Dishes with Berries:
Crepes with Cream Cheese
& Peach Crepes
Pancakes with Fresh Strawberries
Savory Dishes with Berries:
Pork Ribs with Blackberry BBQ Sauce
with Blackberry Sauce
Filet with Raspberry Wine Glaze
with Blueberry Chutney
Chicken with Berry Relish
Dishes with Berries:
Upside Down Cake
Peaches with Blackberry Sauce & Ice Cream
Ice Cream Cake