Recently we went to a friend's house and picked some blueberries. It was a really fun day the kids had a great time picking...and eating fresh blueberries straight off the bushes, got lots of outside time and sunshine, and we came home with lots of lovely sweet blueberries.
With so many blueberries, we decided to put some of them away. One thing we are trying really hard to do is remove a lot of sugar from our diet and eat more natural. So I am trying to change my usual practices and make jams and jellies with as little refined sugar as possible or none. The first thing we did was to make a topping for cheesecake, other desserts, and maybe pancakes using the whole berries and a little bit of maple syrup for sweetness. The other was to use my berry smasher and remove the skins to make a jelly with some of the berries again using a little bit of maple syrup and a low-sugar pectin to help gel. The last thing we did was to smash the berries and put them in jars to start fermentation in order to make blueberry wine. I am trying the method of using natural yeast. I will probably start a new post to update the happenings of our wine journey.