Pureed blueberries capture the essence of summer in a concentrated form. The taste of this little round berry conjures up images of lazy, barefoot afternoons scouring the thicket for a bucket of berries. After you have gathered, harvested and eaten your fill of fresh berries, processing the remaining blueberries into a puree will allow you to enjoy their summer freshness long after summer has gone. Use blueberry puree to make your favorite drinks, desserts and sauces.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring cups
- Food processor
- Measuring spoons
- Lemon juice
- Fine sieve
- Large bowl
- Plastic freezer bag (optional)
- Lime juice (optional)
- Vanilla extract (optional)
Pour 3 parts of blueberries into a food processor.
Add 1/2 part of granulated sugar. Process and taste for sweetness. Add more sugar, if needed. Add lemon juice to taste, generally 1 tablespoon for each 1 cup of blueberries.
Blend the berries on high speed until the mixture is smooth.
Set a fine sieve over a bowl. Pour 1/2 cup of the blueberry mixture into the the sieve, pressing the berries through the sieve with a spatula.
Tips & Warnings
- If you want to freeze the puree, put it in a zip-top bag, label it and store it in the freezer for 6 to 8 months.
- Add lime or other citrus juice to flavor your puree.
- Add vanilla extract to give the puree a mellow flavor.
- What's Cooking America: Basic Berry and Fruit Puree Recipes
- The Joy of Cooking; Irma S. Rombauer, et al.
- Atlanta; Food for Thought: Spiced Blueberry Sorbet
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