Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We Picked Blueberries Too & Made Pie-in-a-Jar

Sauvie Island Farms was good to us. We came home not only with 25 pounds of strawberries between us, but also 9 pounds of blueberries. Or "Early Blues" as the farm calls them.And what to do with all those blueberries? Yes, of course, make pie, but in this case I tried a new style of pie: Pie in a Jar. A neighbor emailed me the link to Our Best Bites blog, which outlines the concept along with the instructions. You prepare the baby pies in canning jars ($6.99 for 12 at Fred Meyer) and freeze them. You can give these individual serving sizes away as gifts. The recipient simply removes the lid from the still-frozen pie, bakes it in the jar (the jars won't break as these are made to withstand the high heat of the canning process), and....voila! Proving that even little pies can bring big happiness.This is only the beginning of what is sure to be yet another abundant fruit-bearing summer. More blueberries (presumably called "Late Blues?"), blackberries, marionberries, raspberries, peaches...THIS is why we live in Oregon!

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