I found my thrill...now what can I do with it?
July 14, 2012 11:58 AM   Subscribe

We just procured a couple of pints of delicious wild New Hampshire blueberries while kayaking around an island. Fun! Next question: what to do with them?

I'm planning to freeze some of them by laying them on a cookie sheet, but I want to do something great with some of them while they're fresh. One thought: I could make a barely-sweetened compote as an ice cream topping.

My main goal is to preserve the natural flavor as much as possible, as they're really sweet and incredibly good.

So lay it on me! Your best/weirdest/most extravagant/simplest but tastiest recipes that feature blueberries!
posted by nosila to Food & Drink (9 answers total)
I wouldn't freeze them, why let any of the elusive goodness away?

I would either eat them out of hand, eat them topped with some sour cream sweetened with brown sugar (this is really an excellent way to eat blueberries), or eat them unsweetened with some vanilla ice cream. Anything else will mask the blueberry taste that you're most interested in.
posted by OmieWise at 12:10 PM on July 14, 2012 [2 favorites]

Oh I beg to differ...freeze them and then toss them in the blender with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

You can also mix them directly into pancake or waffle batter. Delicious!
posted by floweredfish at 12:15 PM on July 14, 2012

Fresh, wild blueberries picked at the height of the season should be devoured raw and immediately. You can dress sub-par blueberries with condiments and fold them into batters, and enjoy them as part of a dish, but the blueberries you're describing should be savored immediately with nothing extra done to them.
posted by quince at 12:32 PM on July 14, 2012 [8 favorites]

As it happens, today's Guardian has some wonderful blueberry recipes.
posted by essexjan at 12:43 PM on July 14, 2012

Only two pints? How on earth have you not eaten them already?

Eat them with creme fraiche just as they are.
posted by small_ruminant at 1:37 PM on July 14, 2012 [1 favorite]

They're all the best answer because it's blueberries.
posted by nosila at 1:42 PM on July 14, 2012

p.s. I think by "pints" I meant "quarts." I'm terrible w/ volume measurement.
posted by nosila at 1:46 PM on July 14, 2012

More in line with quince's answer, the most delicious way I've ever consumed blueberries (after eating them on their own) was to cook them down and pour over vanilla ice cream. Nothing added, just slowly simmered blueberries. They erupt and mass together and oh man, pour that blueberry sludge all over that ice cream.
posted by ORthey at 6:57 PM on July 14, 2012

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