Blueberry syrup two ways

These are great ways to use up overripe berries (it doesn’t have to be blueberries: I’ve made this with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.). The recipes calls for frozen because they tend to give off the most liquid when you boil them, but add a little water when you use fresh berries and you will get a pretty good result. You can also freeze your overripe berries to change the texture of them before making syrup. The freezing process breaks down the cellular walls and makes the fruits “pulpier”.

For a berry soda with no HFCS, add a tablespoon of the soda syrup to club soda.

Blueberry soda syrup

Serves 30
Cook time 10 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • .5 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

Step 1 Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan
Step 2 Bring to a boil
Step 3 Ensure sugar is completely integrated
Step 4 Remove from heat, allow to cool
Step 5 Strain to bottle

Note

Store in refrigerator

Fresh or frozen berries can be used; I sometimes do this with berries that are "overripe". You will need to adjust the amount of water/berries to get the right consistency.

For a tasty anti-oxidant rich topping on your breakfast or dessert, try this:

Blueberry syrup topping

Serves 15
Cook time 10 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Condiment
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

Step 1 Combine in a small saucepan
Step 2 Bring to a boil, ensure sugar is fully integrated
Step 3 Remove from heat, allow to cool
Step 4 Bottle with berries intact

Note

Refrigerate.

Use as a topping on pancakes, French toast, ice cream, etc.

Experiment with boil times to get the right thickness. Remember, the syrup will thicken on cooling.