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Blueberry Banana Bread

Everyday Monday is my shopping day. I haul all the kids to the grocery store and battle it out, trying to get everything on my list. And every week I get too many bananas. My kids are young and picky, as most toddlers are. They will only eat a banana when it hits a sweet spot of no spots and no green marks, which for me is like 1 day of the whole week. That being said, I had 4 or 5 bananas going “bad” for a couple of days, I ate one, my husband ate one, and I pawned some more off to our 9 month old. So yesterday, I had 2 that were inedible by my whole family, so what’s a mom to do? Make banana bread.

As I was surfing the net to find a relatively healthy recipe, I realized that blueberries would mix well with banana bread! And we have blueberries, lots and lots of them! So I found a recipe courtesy of The Recipe Critic, and made a few adjustments, and bam! I had blueberry banana bread!

Blueberry Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 C butter

1 C granulated sugar

1 t Vanilla

3 ripened bananas, smashed

2 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 C blueberries, fresh or frozen

2 C flour

1/2 t Salt

1 t Baking Soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease two 9 x5 loaf pans
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together. Add vanilla.
  3. Add beaten eggs and mashed banana and mix until combined.
  4. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt  in a separate bowl and add to wet ingredients a little at a time until combined.
  5. Fold in blueberries.
  6. Pour batter into prepared bread pans and bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 30 minutes. The edges should be slightly brown and an inserted toothpick should come out clean. Let cool completely before removing from pans.

*I used Trivia, a sugar substitute, and they came out great!

*You can also make muffins with this recipe. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and pour batter 3/4 the way full. Bake at 350 for 17-20 minutes.

 

Blueberry Care

blueberries-in-basket

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to care for. Once you bring them home from the farm, you don’t need to wash them. At Blue Oak Farms, we stop spraying any chemicals in December and they aren’t ready for harvesting until mid-March. With the rain and sun beating down on them for 3 months any traces of harmful chemicals has disappeared.

However, If you still feel the need to wash them all you need is a colander.

Pour you berries in the colander and dunk them in a bowl of clean water. If you put them under running water it can damage the berry depending on their ripeness. After they are washed, pour them out onto paper towels to let dry.

Freezing blueberries for storage couldn’t be easier. After you wash them, if you chose to do so, let them dry completely. Then spread them onto a cookie sheet in a single layer. Pop them into the freezer for a couple of hours. Once they are frozen, portion them out into plastic baggies, and replace them in the freezer. Freezing in a great option for blueberries if you want to enjoy them all year round. 52 weeks’ worth of blueberry pancakes, can you say yum??

Refrigerator storage is simple. Put desired amount into a container and cover. It’s pretty straight forward, blueberries will last approximately 5 days in the fridge.

I hope this helps my fellow blueberry lovers!

More Bang for Your Buck

Good Morning!

1-lb-vs-6-oz

Many of you are probably wondering “why go to Lithia, FL to get blueberries when I can go to my local grocery store and pick some up?” The answer, you will get more bang for your buck. Not just in price but in flavor, quality, and safety of each and every blueberry.

When you go to the grocery store and pick up a measly 6 oz of blueberries you will likely pay anywhere from $3.99 to $4.99 during this time of year and it will come from South America where the food regulations are weaker and the fruit to picked very early. If you go to Blue Oak Farms and get a pound of blueberries, the price will be $6-$7 per pound and picked at the peak of ripeness following all of the FDA regulations.

Here is the difference between grocery store blueberries and Blue Oak Farm blueberries:

So, for a couple more dollars you get 10 oz more and you will see exactly where it came from.