10 amazing blackberry recipes

10 amazing blackberry recipes

 

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Blackberries are the taste of summer.  When we moved to our farm, I was so excited to see that we had wild blackberries growing everywhere.  In fact, we have so many blackberries that they can become an annoying thorny weed.  We chose the best blackberry patches that have the tastiest berries for eating to pick from.  The goats and sheep get to eat the rest of the blackberries that are in the pastures.   Plenty for us to eat and plenty to share!

 

Nutritional benefits of Blackberries

Blackberries are an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Vitamin K.  They are also full of antioxidants which help keep free radicals at bay. In addition to that, they contain 14% of the daily recommended amount of dietary fiber.  Plus, they are a delicious summertime treat!

 

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Recipes

We eat a lot of blackberries fresh.  They taste great in oatmeal, yogurt or ice cream. I asked some of my favorite bloggers for their favorite blackberry recipes beyond the typical cobbler and pie.  For the record, I love blackberry cobbler, but I also love a new recipe.  They did not disappoint!  

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups: Blackberry & lavender, for the mature palate

Amber makes these unique and addicting Blackberry & Lavender fruit roll-up.  Fruit roll-ups aren’t just for kids!

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blackberry butter

Heather has an amazing Blackberry Butter recipe.  It’s delicious any way you want to eat it. I can’t wait to try it out on pancakes!

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Blackberry Fool Infused With Lemon Verbena And Lavender

Courtney makes an easy, healthy treat.  Blackberry Fool is also full of probiotics, keto friendly and has been a favorite in Europe for hundreds of years!

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blackberry smoothie

We make a lot of Mixed Berry Kefir Smoothies.  Kefir makes the best smoothies, so creamy and delicious.   You will need 1/3 cup frozen blackberries, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries, 1/3 cup frozen strawberries, 1 banana and 1 cup of kefir.  Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  The banana provides enough sweetness that extra sweetener is not needed.  But if you prefer more sweetener, add 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup to taste.

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Preserving blackberries

Blackberries only keep so long before they start going over.  Thankfully there are several ways to keep that taste of summer going all year long!

Freezing

I often freeze blackberries to use at a later date.  Frozen blackberries are perfect in smoothies or to bake with.  Spread the blackberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in freezer until solid.  Once they are thoroughly frozen, they can be placed into a zip-loc bag and stored in the freezer.  

While I like to have frozen blackberries on hand, there is only so much freezer space available.  

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Dehydrating

Did you know you could make blackberry powder? Darcy dehydrates blackberries into blackberry powder.  A perfect way to get that delicious flavor and save on storage space.  I love this idea!  Darcy has a lot of delicious dehydrator recipes on her site.  I really need to get my dehydrator out and going again.

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Canning

canning blackberries at home

Ashley from Practical Self Reliance preserves blackberries by canning them.  She says that they hold up really well through the canning process.  Why have I not thought to can blackberries before?

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Fermenting

Homemade Blackberry Wine

If you have an abundance of blackberries, you can make Ashley’s amazing blackberry wine.  She also has guidelines to make a smaller batch of wine.

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Blackberry Jam

I saved the best for last.  No post about blackberries could be complete without blackberry jam and jelly.  There are several different delicious ways to make blackberry jam. 

Homemade Blackberry Jam

Ashley has a scrumptious recipe for blackberry jam without pectin.

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If you prefer to use pectin, Kathy from Oakhill Homestead makes delicious blackberry jam with pectin.

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Would you rather make freezer jam instead?  Angie has a blackberry freezer jam recipe  that looks out of this world. 

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Blackberry Jelly

Sometimes you want the flavor of a blackberry without all of those seeds.  The seeds can cause trouble for people with diverticulitis.  Other people just don’t like the seeds getting stuck in their teeth.  Either way, there’s blackberry jelly to the rescue! 

Victoria makes delicious blackberry jam without pectin.  You can get all of the taste of summer without any of those pesky seeds. 

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Whether you’re looking for a recipe or different ways to preserve blackberries to eat (or drink) all winter long, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in these recipes from my favorite bloggers.

Which recipe will you try first?

 

10 amazing blackberry recipes

Benefits of Gardening

Benefits of Gardening

 

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Spring is here and gardening season is upon us.  Everyone is eager to get seeds planted and to start getting some fresh produce from their gardens.  It doesn’t get much better than a homegrown tomato.  But is gardening just about the produce?

I do thoroughly enjoy the fresh vegetables that come from my garden.  But I also enjoy digging in the dirt and being outdoors.  This got me to thinking, what are all of benefits of gardening? 

 

 

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.                           -Audrey Hepburn

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Reality of Bottle Babies

Reality of bottle babies

 

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It’s the time of year when you start seeing lambs and goat kids for sale as bottle babies on Craigslist at low prices.  They are so CUTE!!  But before you make a spontaneous buy and come home with a 2 day old lamb, there are some realities to having bottle babies that we need to discuss.

What are you getting?

First, it’s important to know what you are getting, when you decide to purchase a bottle baby.  There could be several reasons why this little baby is for sale.  It could be a large goat dairy that wants to start milking the goats without the babies getting in the way, the mom could have rejected the baby, the lamb or kid seems weak or it’s simply a boy. The good deal means that they’re trying to get rid of this cute little lamb or goat kid as soon as possible. 

Why on earth would someone want to be rid of an adorable little bottle baby??

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Hair Sheep

 

Animals on the Homestead: Hair Sheep

 

 
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Sheep are a great addition to the homestead.  They’re a small, docile animal that doesn’t require a lot of space and fattens up on grass. Sheep will follow you everywhere with a bucket.  And I mean everywhere.  Most people immediately think of fiber sheep, that tend to be high maintenance.  Have you ever considered getting hair sheep?

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Homestead Goal: Simplify

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At the beginning of every year we make goals that we like to accomplish for the coming year.  Projects to start or complete, financial goals, adding animals, selling animals and so forth.  This year we have a resounding theme: simplify.

When we started our farm, we wanted to try it all.  Do all the things!  Get all of the animals!  We knew we couldn’t do it all, but wanted to see what we did like.  We had experience with poultry, rabbits, dairy goats and gardening. We added pigs, sheep, cattle, dairy cows and meat goats to our farm.  In addition to the garden, we added an orchard.   Now that we’ve had these animals for a while, it’s time to look at which direction to go.  It’s time to simplify.

Wait, simplifying the simple life?

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NRCS High Tunnel

 

Get a free high tunnel with an NRCS grant

 

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One of our big summer projects this year was building a high tunnel.  A high tunnel has been on our want list since we moved to our farm in 2014. A high tunnel is essentially a large greenhouse in a hoop shape.  They come in all sizes, from small to very large.  There are some nice advantages to using a high tunnel, including controlling temperature, erosion and water.  In some areas of the US, winter gardening becomes possible, even with an unheated high tunnel.  The winter gardening is what we’re the most interested in.

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Electric fencing supplies

 supply list for temporary electric fencing

 

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On our farm, we practice rotational grazing while still getting our perimeter fencing fixed up. This means that we use a lot of electric fence.   We have purchased a lot of movable fence posts, poly wire and reels and have found that they are not all created equally.  If you’re getting started with electric fencing, it’s good to know what do you really need and what works. Here is the supply list of what you need to get started  and our top picks of what we use.

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Woodchucks in garden

How to get rid of woodchucks in the garden

 

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Woodchucks are very destructive to a garden and very frustrating to a gardener.  A woodchuck moved into my garden in last year and I have been trying to reclaim my garden as my own ever since.  I was starting to think that I should just abandon the garden and start over in a new location.  Finally with the help of some experienced neighbors and persistence, I have reclaimed my garden.

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Fall Garden Tips

Tips for a successful fall garden

 

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Fall is my favorite season.  It’s no longer blazing hot and the leaves turn into their magical colors.  Have you ever considered growing a fall garden?  The temperatures are more moderate, most of the problematic bugs have gone and a lot of greens thrive in the cooler temperatures.  What’s not to love about that?

Starting your cool weather crops in the summer, whether transplanting seedlings started indoors or direct sowing, can be a challenge.  Some crops need to be started when the sun is still hot.  Those tender seedlings can wither in a hurry if not cared for and protected.

The effort of protecting your seedlings is well worth it!  A lot of cool weather crops taste so much better with the cool temperatures.  Plus going out and picking your own salad in October or November never gets old.  You don’t need a greenhouse to keep your garden going well into late fall. 

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What can you do to protect your fall garden?

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Grow Sweet Potatoes

Trick to growing sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite things to grow in the garden.  Once planted, they are low maintenance until it’s time to harvest them. Their vines and flowers are beautiful!  But there is a trick to having more than just beautiful vines and flowers. 

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