Last week when I was visiting the Family Farm, I noticed that my parents' blueberry bushes are looking rather lively. No berries, obviously, but lots of green foliage and all the grand stuff that means blueberries will be coming this summer. I find this especially wonderful because I do love blueberries, and my stash of frozen berries is getting a bit low. When I was pregnant with Sydney I had a huge craving for blueberries, but that summer's crop hadn't been good, and I wasn't about to spend $3 for a handful of bland blueberries, so my craving went unmet. If there's one thing that isn't good news for anybody it's a pregnant woman craving a food she can't have.
Last summer my parents had more berries than they knew what to do with, so I helped them out a bit by snagging a few, or several, bags. By September I had a freezer stocked with bags and bags of blueberries to tide us over for the year. If I wanted blueberry pancakes in February, then I was going to get them. And if I wanted shiny top blueberry cobbler in March? Done. Sweet delicious shiny top blueberry cobbler. It is so yummy. I have been careful, however, not to completely use up our stash because I never know when I might get a hankering for blueberries and then they won't be there.
But guess what I found? BLUEBERRY JUICE! Oh people, if only I had known about this that year I was pregnant with Sydney. It would have saved us all a lot of misery. I don't know who all makes blueberry juice, but so far the only kind I've found is TrueBlue Blueberry juice. They've won juicy awards and everything for their juice, and I believe it. I can just feel those antioxidants making me healthier. Sydney asks especially for it -- "Blue juice, please" -- and since it doesn't have any high fructose corn syrup then I let her drink plenty of it (of course, we cut all her juices with water since she drinks no less than 30 ounces of fluids a day, and has unfortunately inherited my non-preference for water). I was grocery shopping at Safeway and saw it on the shelves along with several other varieties like Blueberry/Cranberry and Blueberry/Pomegranate, and immediately wished I had thought of the idea so that I could now be rich and famous. Or at least rich. I could give up the fame. I don't want Sydney turning into Paris Hilton, you know.
If you're not crazy about blueberries like I am, then blueberry juice is perhaps no big deal. But around here, where we have an extra freezer in the garage that is dedicated to two things -- blueberries and frozen pizzas -- then blueberry juice is an exciting development. It's my new fave. The TrueBlue site has lots of recipes, but I just drink it straight from the carton. Don't worry, if you come over I'll let you have your own that doesn't have my germs all over it.
So good ahead and make the shiny top blueberry cobbler. You can always drink blue juice until the berries are around in July.
Shiny Top Blueberry Cobbler
In a 13 x 9 pan:
- 5 cups blueberries in a 13 x 9 pan (I have also used cranberries mixed with blueberries and it's equally tasty)
- 1 1/2 T lemon juice sprinkled over the top
Stir together the ingredients below in bowl and spread over the berries to edges of pan:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cup sugar (I told you it was good!)
- 1/3 cup margarine (I always use butter instead)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
In a small bowl mix the following ingredients and sprinkle over blueberries and batter:
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
Finally, pour 1 1/2 cups of boiling water over all and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy the compliments.
PS: Since I do reviews for other products, it's a legitimate question to ask if TrueBlue paid me to write about this. They didn't.