Make the most out of blackberries whilst they are in season. We’ve got tantalising recipes for using up all those blackberries, plus tricks on how you can save them for later in the year.
Jazz up your toast, get creative with that crumpet! Blackberries can take your morning routine from dull to delicious with this simple blackberry jam recipe from Garden Therapy. The recipe calls for wild blackberries, which you can find nearly everywhere in the UK this time of year, but nothing is stopping you from using store bought ones. Not keen on jam on toast? Use this to swirl into lemon loaf for a punch of blackberry flavour or make homemade jam doughnuts. It will quickly be a family favourite. What’s even better is by canning it you can use it throughout the year!
How to Freeze Blackberries
If you’re like us and love to enjoy blackberry recipes year round, you’ll want to make the most of blackberry season by freezing them for later. There are a few ways that you can freeze these succulent berries for use later. Always choose berries that are fully ripened, but not too soft. Our first method requires you to lye the berries onto a baking tray one to two berries deep. Place the baking tray in the freezer and allow the berries to become fully frozen (usually 24 hours). Once fully frozen, remove the baking tray and place the berries into freezer bags with appropriate labels.
Our second method for freezing these beauts requires sugar. Berries that are frozen with sugar actually retain their gorgeous colour, flavour and generally last longer. Simply place 2lbs of ripened (not mushy) berries into either a container or your freezer bag with 140 grams of sugar. Easily mix the sugar through, taking care not to damage the berries. Then place in a freezer bag with a label. Perfectly candied blackberries (and raspberries if you wish) that are good for 9 – 12 months.
Now that we have all these lovely blackberries frozen for the months ahead, what are we going to do with them all? How about some fresh blackberry pie bars from The Novice Chef with warm custard? Perk up your bake sale, impress kiddy party parents and indulge in these scrumptious treats after tea time. They are super simple to make and so delicious everyone will be asking you for the recipe!
Grab a napkin and wipe that drool! These blackberry cheesecake brownies from Broma Bakery are divine. You may want to hold off making this recipe though. Why you ask? Because they are that delicious you’ll end up using all the blackberries you’ve stored for the year making this tempting treat over and over.
While we’re at it, we might as well include a refreshing blackberry cocktail. Why not!? This Blackberry Ginger Smash from Hungry Girl por Vida is a tasty twist on a blackberry gin fizz. Ginger, mint and blackberry muddled together then mixed with gin and soda water are perfect while we still have a few warm days left this year. You can even make a kid friendly version of this by muddling your blackberries, ginger and mint and topping with lemonade.
A savoury blackberry recipe? Oh, go on then! Say hello to this juicy pork tenderloin recipe from Carlsbad Cravings. Blackberries, hoisin and ginger come together to make a mouth watering main dish that’s certain to please. Looking to impress on a stay at home date night or want someone to make you something special for your birthday? Give this one a whirl.
It’s blackberry season! Now you know how to store them, freeze them and use them up in a variety of ways. Treat your friends and family to a blackberry kitchen concoction today.