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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

Milk Kefir

All about Dairy Kefir

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Milk kefir is a fermented milk drink that is usually made with goat’s milk or cow’s milk that is incredibly good for you.  The best way to describe milk kefir is that it’s kind of like a drinkable yogurt, it tastes tangy and a little sour. It is much easier to make than yogurt. Homemade yogurt and kefir are staples in our kitchen, I make them on a weekly basis.

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Getting Started Making Hard Cheese

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One of the biggest benefits of having your own dairy animal, be it goat or cow, is plenty of fresh, raw milk.  An abundance of fresh milk means making dairy products yourself.  Yogurt, kefir, butter and cheese.  Several friends have told me that making hard cheeses sounds difficult and are intimidated by the process.  Not so!

Cheesemaking is really not difficult and quite fun! Once you get started, you will soon want to make all the cheese and may be talking your husband into making your very own cheese cave.  Ahem.

 

Here is what you need to get started making hard cheese.

 

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Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby

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It’s the time of year for apples!  We have planted quite a few apple trees in our orchard, but it will be a couple years yet before we will get a harvest.  Good things come to those who wait.  That’s what I keep telling myself anyway!  Imagine my delight when one of our neighbors stopped by with several boxes of apples!  She had canned apple jelly and applesauce and had apples to spare.  She graciously shared the bounty.
We’ve been enjoying all things apple ever since.  There’s something magical when you combine apples with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Yum!!  One of our favorite apple recipes is a Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby pancake.  Not only is it big on flavor, it’s a quick breakfast or breakfast for dinner meal.  I make it in my cast iron skillet, which is my favorite way to cook!

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Goat’s milk yogurt

thick and creamy goat's milk yogurt

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My family loves yogurt.  When our goat’s are in milk, I make 1 gallon of yogurt a week and I still can’t keep up with my kid’s appetites!  Who can resist a bowl of thick, creamy goat’s milk yogurt with a bit of fruit mixed in? 

 

Wait, thick and creamy goat’s milk yogurt? 

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Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bake

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Whatever you have for breakfast should stick with you until lunch, especially when you’re out working on the farm.  Our go-to breakfast is soaked oatmeal.  Make it up the night before, turn the burner on low under the pan of oatmeal in the morning, head out to do morning chores and viola!  Breakfast is ready when we come back in.  We add in seasonally available fruit, nuts and raisins to mix it up a little.   We do vary a little with our breakfast options, homemade granola, eggs & bacon and on occasion, boxed cereal.  Most of the time when it comes to breakfast, oatmeal is on the menu.
One morning last winter, when it was chilly in the house and I was thinking of ways to help warm things up, I started thinking about baked oatmeal.  After looking around for some recipes and not finding what I was looking for, Travis decided to make up his own recipe.  He’s good like that.

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

 

 

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It’s the time of year when nearly everything has a peppermint twist.  Pair chocolate and peppermint together and you have a winner!   I love chocolate and peppermint together.  Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies fit right into the season of peppermint.  With double chocolate and candy cane pieces sprinkled on top, these cookies are a decadent treat.

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Corn-free “Corn Bread”

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 I made chili the other day and a couple hours before dinner, cornbread started to sound like a really good addition to the meal.  However, since we have a child with a serious corn sensitivity, corn is not a normal part of our diet.  Sometimes we make grain-free flax bread using almond flour, but our daughter is mildly sensitivity to almonds, so we have limited almond flour greatly.  Given these restrictions, I started searching for recipes.  It is quite possible that my google-fu was rusty and my impatience too great, but I quickly decided that what I was looking for wasn’t available.  So, on to plan B: do it yourself!

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