Blueberry season in New Jersey is very short lived and must be enjoyed to the absolute fullest during peak season late June through late July. From eating plain to whipping up some homemade blueberry muffins, jams and countless other delectable foods, there are so many delicious fresh blueberry recipes to enjoy. Head to your local farmer’s market to pick up a crate of fresh blueberries today, the summer will be over before you know it! To make the season last a little bit longer, learn how to preserve your favorite summer produce.
6 Unique Fresh Blueberry Recipes to Cook this Summer
Blueberry Butter: Upgrade your classic pancake recipe by slathering them with blueberry butter! Simply mash together a stick of softened butter, sugar and blueberries. You’ll want most of the blueberries to keep their shape, but mashed enough to get the juices into to butter. Trust us, you’ll never look at blueberry pancakes the same way again once you’ve tried this version. Classic Blueberry Jam: Rich in taste & color and chock-full of whole blueberries, this classic recipe can be spread on toast, biscuits, cakes and so much more!Lemon & Blueberry Cheesecake: The combination of the sweet blueberries with the tangy lemon cheesecake is one of our absolute favorites! The the recipe up a notch by adding blueberries inside the filling and as a decadent topping.Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Take your classic grilled cheese sandwich to the next level with this delicious Balsamic Vinegar & Blueberry Grilled Cheese recipe. To make this fresh blueberry recipe you’ll simply make a quick mash & spread over a piece of hearty bread, add sharp white cheddar cheese, top with spinach, add second piece of bread, toast for a few minutes on each side and enjoy!Blueberry & Dijon Dressing: A unique and highly complementary drizzle over grilled chicken and/or pork. Over medium heat combine fresh blueberries, blueberry preserves and Dijon mustard and bring to a boil, stirring until thick.Blueberry Lemonade: This delicious and refreshing summer drink is super easy to make and keep in a pitcher in the fridge. Simply crush fresh blueberries into a puree then strain using a fine mesh sleeve over a pitcher of pre-made lemonade (store bought or make your own).
Flavorful Ways to Eat in Season Blueberries
The most important thing to remember when preparing any of these fresh blueberry recipes is to ensure you are using the finest produce from a local NJ produce market. Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ provides the freshest, in season fruits and vegetables, as well as an assortment of baked goods, plants & flowers, snacks and much more. For more seasonal recipe inspirations, check out Fall Apple Recipes or Summer Peach Recipes.