I don’t know about you-but for me one of the best parts of summer (other than NO SNOW) is the bounty of delicious fresh fruit and veggies that become available in every supermarket, big box store, and my favorite place to get fresh food-the local farmer’s market.
Whether it’s a roadside stand, a more formal storefront set up by your local growers, or an open market filled with tents and table heavy with all sorts of yummy goodies, for me I cannot help but smile and appreciate the delicious goodies they have to offer. So far this year, I’ve made friends with one of my favorite vendors, usually manned by two college-aged boys that are quick to point out what’s best each week. This past weekend, they steered me towards the blueberries and plums, both grown locally and I couldn’t help but bring them home and instantly set about preserving them in my family’s favorite way-freezer jam and sauce. Of course, all this work is thirty work so I also grabbed a pineapple and invented a new adults-only beverage for the hubby and I to enjoy. Which, after an afternoon of cleaning, vacuuming and detailing our two cars while avoiding the hose that was in the hands of our three-year old; we very much earned.
I decided to share all three recipes in one post as they are all short and simple, and can easily be made at the same time. I hope you enjoy them too! And leave me a comment with your favorite summer fruit or veggie-and you’re favorite way to enjoy them!
Note: I keep pint-size mason jars on hand for food storage-they are perfect for the freezer as they don’t take up a lot of room, can be stacked (carefully) and also usually hold one serving size, which makes for perfect lunches for the hubby and I to grab. Best part: you can wash them in your dishwasher and reuse them over and over. However, if you are going to traditionally can with them you will need to buy new lids so the seal takes properly. I haven’t mastered canning (yet), so I simply stick to the freezer method, which works well for our family.
Pineapple Mimosas-Adults Only!
- 1 cup Orange Juice w/Pineapple (I used Simply Orange brand-not a paid endorsement, our family just loves this brand best!)
- 1/3 cup extra dry champagne
- Crushed Ice
- Fresh pineapple slice
Add OJ to your glass (I used these tallboys but you can use whatever), add champagne and top with crushed ice until glass is filled. Put the pineapple slice on top of the glass and push straw through (we use glass straws). Enjoy!
Blueberry Freezer Jam
- 2 pints fresh blueberries, rinsed and stems removed
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 water
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
Add blueberries, sugar and water to pan, cook on high until boiling. Let boil for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a low simmer, add cinnamon and cocoa and stir. Cook for an additional 30 minutes, stirring every so often. Take off heat and let cool completely before transferring to pint jar and freezing. Makes one pint.
Plum Applesauce-low sugar!
- 2 medium organic gala apples, chopped into 1/8 pieces
- 2 lbs plums, peeled and sliced
- 3/4 water
- 1/4 coconut sugar
Cook apples and water on medium high heat until tender, or can be mashed with a fork. Add plums & sugar and bring mixture to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer an additional 30-45 minutes. Take off heat and very carefully transfer to a blender. Blend mixture until smooth. Cool and transfer to pint jar for freezing. Keeps three months in the freezer or one week in the fridge. Makes one pint.
There you have it-three quick and easy summer recipes sure to make anyone smile! Enjoy!