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12 Surprising Reasons to Eat More Blueberries

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Sunday, March 30, 2014, In : Health Benefits 

1. Catechins found in blueberries activate fat-burning genes in abdominal fat cells to assist with weight loss, and belly fat loss in particular.  According to research at Tufts University, regularly ingesting catechins increases abdominal fat loss by 77 percent and double total weight loss.

2. They contain a group of natural phytonutrients (plant nutrient) called proanthocyanidins which have a unique ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some envi...


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Lemon Blueberry Scones

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Recipe 

2 cups unbleached flour, plus more for rolling berries
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
⅓ cup sugar
1 Tbs lemon zest 
¼ cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut in chunks
¾ cup buttermilk or cream
1 egg
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 
milk for brushing (optional)
raw sugar for sprinkling (optional)
Preheat oven to 400º F.
In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and lemon zest; mix 
thoroughly. Cut in butter using 2 forks, a pastry blender or your fingers. The butter ...

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Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Recipe 

1 (16-oz.) package frozen blueberries 
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 
4 cups water 
3 family-size tea bags 
3/4 cup sugar 
Preparation
Bring 1 (16-oz.) package frozen blueberries and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium 
heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a 
bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out juice. Discard solids. Wipe saucepan clean.
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in same saucepan; add 3 fam...

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Blueberry Cheese Danish

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Recipe 

2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
2 eggs, separated
2 packages of 8 oz cream cheese
1 cup sugar
2 cups blueberries
1 Tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Place one of the crescent roll packages on the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, covering the bottom.
In a mixing bowl, mix 2 egg yolks, softened cream cheese, and sugar until creamy. Fold in blueberries. 
Spread on top of the dough in the baking pan. Roll out the other package of crescent rolls on top.
Whip the egg whites till frothy, and...

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Blueberry Jam

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Recipe 

This recipe is taken from the Sure Jell Fruit Pectin package for the Less Sugar Needed variety. You 
should follow the recipe on the package for the type of pectin you use for canning. This recipe is printed 
in a slightly different format for your convenience in jam making!
Equipment Needed
Large measuring cup
Deep pot for processing jars
1 case of 12 half pint jelly jars (or 6 pint jars) with new lids
1 canning funnel
1 large saucepan for cooking jam
Food processor or potato masher
Recipe
6 ½ cups ch...

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Lemon/Blueberry Muffins

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Recipe 

1 box Pillsbury Moist Supreme Cake Mix
½cup water
1/3 cup oil
3 eggs
½cup lemonade concentrate thawed
1 cup fresh blueberries, ormore to taste
2 tablespoonsflour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spraymuffin pan with non‐stick cooking spray.
Blend cakemix, water, oil and eggsin a large bowl untilmoistened. Beat with amixer on low speed for
2minutes or whisk by hand for 2minutes. Set aside. Mix the blueberries and flourtogetherin a small
bowlto coatthe blueberries. Discard any remaining flourthatremainsin...

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Blueberries fight aggressive breast cancer

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Health Benefits 

It's no secret many fruits and vegetables contain disease fighting properties. Different phytochemicals act on human cells in different ways. Now local scientists have some proof that the popular blueberry can have a direct effect on a certain type of cancer.

City of Hope researchers aren't making smoothies on their lunch break, they're taking a close look at the powerful phytochemicals in blueberries.

"It possibly coul...


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Blueberry & Blackberry Jam

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Recipe 
Making blueberry or blackberry jam is also easy.  Generally, using some red or not quite ripe berries will give you the best jam, as it will add a tang that is not found with store bought fruit, but is easily obtainable from U Pick farms.   Directions and pictures for making jam are on the  http://www.pickyourown.org/jam.htm website, and there is a low sugar recipe below--just click on "Jam".  Buy the pectin (a fruit based product) at a local grocery store.  Pectin gives the jam or jelly have...
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Storing Blueberries & Blackberries

Posted by Carleen Burnett on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Storage 
Refrigerate fresh berries as soon as you get them home, either in a plastic pack or in a covered bowl or container, preferably with some ventilation.  We find that berries stored  in in the refrigerator in a container that has some ventilation will keep longer.  Do not wash them before storing, as moisture will hasten the decay process.     Wash your berries just before you start snacking, and eat them within 10 days.

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