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Seasonal cooking with blueberries

A fresh handful of blueberries is the perfect afternoon snack thanks to it’s super antioxidant properties. So, at this time of the year when these delicious berries are in season, we can’t help but always have a punnet in our fridge.

These little blue beauties are also a vision on top of cakes, pavlovas and even made into a coulis that can be swirled through a cheesecake or added to a simple bowl of greek yoghurt.

Take a look at our top tips for selecting, storing and cooking with this great berry:

Try this cheesecake idea with a blueberry swirl as a weekend baking idea

Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake – Western Star

How to choose a fresh punnet of blueberries

Pick blueberries when they are in season from October – February. Look out for punnets with blueberries that look plump and are not showing any signs of spoilage such as softness.

You can even pick your very own from the farm in Australia.

How to store blueberries

Sometimes even in a fresh punnet, you may find one or two off berries that are unsuitable to eat. Make sure to remove these before storing your berries. You want to wash them properly as well. One method for doing this is by using a vinegar bath with 1 part vinegar and two thirds water.

This may seem like an odd method but it kills all mould on the berry and can’t be tasted once the berries are rinsed thoroughly. Make sure to dry them well before putting them back into the punnet or air-tight container and returning to the fridge.

If you want to freeze your blueberries, transfer them to a snap-lock bag and store for up to 10 months.

Blueberry nutrition

High in vitamin C, a great source of potassium, packed with dietary fibre and of course one of the best sources of antioxidants you can consume.

Ideas for cooking with blueberries

The options are endless when it comes to cooking with blueberries. Think gorgeous cakes, a breakfast topper, blended into a smoothie, in pancakes or made into frozen ice pops.

Recipe ideas for cooking with blueberries

 

 

 

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