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Is there anything I can do with frozen berries that don't involve smoothies or baking?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 02, 2012 at 9:54 AM

I made the mistake of buying frozen berries, and since I don't bake or drink smoothies, I'm at a loss of what to do with them. Halp!

Edit: so I ended up making some muffins. Those berries were taunting me.
2 bananas, 2 eggs, 4 tablespoons butter, 1/4c tapioca starch, about 1 cup chopped strawberries/blackberries, 1tb sugar, 375F, 20min.
Well, something like that anyway, I didn't write it down.

Was good, good, good. The bananas and the strawberries were actually pretty sweet.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 03, 2013
at 05:29 AM

As for cooking with off season things... I don't. I don't enjoy food out of season. I can cook it and make it taste good, but to me it's not worth it, I'd rather be patient and wait for when it's in season since it tastes better to me. Specially since there are so many yummy vegetables and fruits in season, why would I bother with stuff out of season :) Only vegetables I eat off season is the potatoes and onions and other root vegetables (but these don't even last us that long, we store them but go through them really quick)

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 03, 2013
at 05:26 AM

The wild animals ate most of the berries before we could, we barely had enough to eat, let alone freeze. And there's no way we had enough freezer space for berries, we were a huge family and only had one chest freezer to contain the chicken and pig meat we butchered and the beef my family purchased from another farmer.

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on May 06, 2012
at 12:58 AM

Glad I could help :) Using frozen blueberries actually helps as it kinda "pre-bursts" the insides allowing for easier breakdown in the ferment. FYI my next and only my second batch of mead is starting with "blueberry honey" (honey produced by bees pollinating primarily blueberry fields/crops). To which I will add...frozen blueberries.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 05, 2012
at 10:55 PM

*raises eyebrows* Wow, interesting, thanks!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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at 10:52 PM

Oh my God... I think this will become my new obsession. *goes off to research more on this*

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 05, 2012
at 10:49 PM

LOL, love it! But I never need a ice pack anymore, I don't get pains anymore. I used to do the Pea thing ^^ +1 for you

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Om nom nom nom!!!

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on May 03, 2012
at 09:11 PM

sounds interesting, will definately try that one!

3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Or if you do dairy, pour heavy cream directly on them and mix. Love this stuff!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Enjoy :) More fresh berries for my farm girl tastebuds, hehehe.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Doesn't the almond butter just go clumpy when you add frozen berries to it?

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Me and my latchkey city kid taste buds are about to eat the bejesus out of some frozen blueberries mixed with coconut milk and cinnamon.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 03, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Balsamic? Wow, that sounds interesting. If I were to add anything to berries, I would add Port wine..

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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at 01:02 AM

Sounds tasty, thanks ;)

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on May 02, 2012
at 09:43 PM

maybe a small amount stevia or honey would do the trick on the bitterness?

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on May 02, 2012
at 09:40 PM

mine are not bitter? It´s a mix of raspberrys, currants, blueberries, strawberrys,... yeah, you can use onions, nutmeg, whatever you can throw into a chutney, side vegetables would be something like zucchini and asparagus for me :)

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:41 PM

I'm curious about the pork chops. Would you use warm spices like nutmeg or cloves? What side vegetables would be good, I'm guessing late summer vegetables? But late summer vegetables and warm spices don't go well together, hmm... Never cooked berries this way. Please let me know :)

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:38 PM

The pork chops with berry sauce sound really good. Would you use warm spices like nutmeg or mustard? If not, what would you use? What about side vegetables. Thx ^^

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:36 PM

When you grow up eating super fresh food from your backyard *only*, I guess you end up with discerning tastebuds. ^^

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Because I eat generally eat fruit in season (tastes better than way) and buy local. Grew up with berries in my own backyard. Guess I'm spoiled and have a fine palate, I don't think there's anything wrong with that :P Lucky me.

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I don't know why you think frozen berries are more bitter than fresh. Generally they are better because they are frozen at peak ripeness rather than picked early for transport.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:00 PM

hmmm I've never thought of eggs & berries together! but what do you mean by a "frozen creamy cheese"?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 07:44 PM

You better believe I would, if anyone lived nearby ^^ My problem is I always get tempted by the cheaper price of the frozen berries. I'll just gulp and pay for the expensive ones.

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on May 02, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Maybe you could give them to a friend? :)

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Seems when I use frozen berries to make a sauce, it becomes very bitter. have you had this problem? When I make sauce with fresh berries, it's sweet. Heck, even eating them out of the bag, they taste very bitter.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I'm asking specifically about frozen berries. I know how to use fresh berries, but frozen berries aren't as good.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Maybe I grew up spoiled with great berries in my own backyard, but I can't stand frozen berries ;P

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

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on May 02, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I do this with an immersion blender and a splash of almond milk. A couple of drops of good balsamic vinegar is a nice addition.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:59 PM

+1 Obvious answer is obvious! :)

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on May 02, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Eat them in a house. Eat them with a mouse! ;-)

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Just eat them??

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on May 02, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Or if too cold for you, microwave for 30 seconds to slightly thaw. Awesomeness.

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:37 AM

It is never a mistake to buy frozen berries. And why don't you drink smoothies? I make mine with milk kefir. It's to die for.

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Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:07 AM

There??s tons of things you can do!

If you do Dairy, throw them in Greek Yoghurt with some Cottage Cheese, blend and freeze = Best Ice Cream ever.

If you don??t do dairy, do the same with Coconut milk and some shredded Coconut. Cacao Nibs on Top, please.

Eat them Plain or with Coconut Cream.

Eat them with dark Chocolate chunks or Cacao Nibs.

Eat them with Cheese.

Saut?? Onion in Butter, add Berries with little Water, boil them up, let them simmer till you got Berry Sauce, serve with Pork Chops/Chicken/other meat.

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Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

(1022)

on May 02, 2012
at 09:40 PM

mine are not bitter? It´s a mix of raspberrys, currants, blueberries, strawberrys,... yeah, you can use onions, nutmeg, whatever you can throw into a chutney, side vegetables would be something like zucchini and asparagus for me :)

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on May 02, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Eat them in a house. Eat them with a mouse! ;-)

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 01:02 AM

Sounds tasty, thanks ;)

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on May 02, 2012
at 09:43 PM

maybe a small amount stevia or honey would do the trick on the bitterness?

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 02, 2012
at 08:38 PM

The pork chops with berry sauce sound really good. Would you use warm spices like nutmeg or mustard? If not, what would you use? What about side vegetables. Thx ^^

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 02, 2012
at 07:03 PM

Seems when I use frozen berries to make a sauce, it becomes very bitter. have you had this problem? When I make sauce with fresh berries, it's sweet. Heck, even eating them out of the bag, they taste very bitter.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 02, 2012
at 08:41 PM

I'm curious about the pork chops. Would you use warm spices like nutmeg or cloves? What side vegetables would be good, I'm guessing late summer vegetables? But late summer vegetables and warm spices don't go well together, hmm... Never cooked berries this way. Please let me know :)

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on May 02, 2012
at 10:36 AM

The obvious. Eat them straight from the freezer. I do this with blueberries all the time.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on May 02, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Or if too cold for you, microwave for 30 seconds to slightly thaw. Awesomeness.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:59 PM

+1 Obvious answer is obvious! :)

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:58 PM

Crepes! Beat eggs with a little coconut flour, coconut milk and a smidge of honey, then make thin pancakes and fill with berries.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:51 AM

Om nom nom nom!!!

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3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

on May 04, 2012
at 02:36 AM

After having allowed 12 lb of honey in 4 gal of water to ferment for 3-4 weeks, pitch about 8lbs of berries into it to make a berry melomel. After another few weeks or so when fermentation is done, rack into bottles for however long you want to age the mead. When its ready to drink, enjoy.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 05, 2012
at 10:52 PM

Oh my God... I think this will become my new obsession. *goes off to research more on this*

3b0b95dfc6dc5c18e535945f4aab0866

(2392)

on May 06, 2012
at 12:58 AM

Glad I could help :) Using frozen blueberries actually helps as it kinda "pre-bursts" the insides allowing for easier breakdown in the ferment. FYI my next and only my second batch of mead is starting with "blueberry honey" (honey produced by bees pollinating primarily blueberry fields/crops). To which I will add...frozen blueberries.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on May 02, 2012
at 11:49 AM

Add them to seltzer water with a splash of lemon or lime juice. Add them to a Norcal Margarita if you're into those.

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C4ed6ba382aed2eefc18e7877999a5de

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on May 02, 2012
at 11:51 AM

I heat them up (either in a pan on the stove or in the microwave) and mix them in to greek yogurt... add a few nuts and some cinnamon and it's breakfast! :)

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on May 02, 2012
at 10:31 AM

Frozen berries, slightly thawed make a great snack! At the resort we were at recently they had a cooler of frozen grape "shish kabobs" they passed out. I plan on keeping some in the house now!

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 02, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Blend or food-process them when they're still mostly frozen = sorbet!

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

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on May 02, 2012
at 05:39 PM

I do this with an immersion blender and a splash of almond milk. A couple of drops of good balsamic vinegar is a nice addition.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on May 03, 2012
at 01:04 AM

Balsamic? Wow, that sounds interesting. If I were to add anything to berries, I would add Port wine..

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10cadc0a2dff90c849c6d088832be324

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on May 02, 2012
at 01:12 PM

Throw them still frozen in an omlette with a frozen creamy cheese.If it's done properly where the eggs are almost done when you put them on- then fold the eggs over- you get a sweet pocket. Absofreakinlutely awesome breakfast! You get that pastry breakfast without the pastry.

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:00 PM

hmmm I've never thought of eggs & berries together! but what do you mean by a "frozen creamy cheese"?

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Ae3b7ea9f3755af32287825db8d98796

on May 02, 2012
at 12:02 PM

Heat them on the stove with a little water and a bit of honey to make a berry sauce. Put the sauce in yogurt, mix it with coconut milk, put it over meat...

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on May 03, 2012
at 08:01 PM

Sounds crazy but if you're making a burger you can toss some of the frozen berries and mix it up with the ground meat. Apparently, this also reduces some of the AGES formed while grilling the meat.

Fc891327db916c10347b008acde0daca

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on May 03, 2012
at 09:11 PM

sounds interesting, will definately try that one!

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Put coconut milk directly on the frozen berries and mix. The coconut milk should freeze up a little bit and it's like ice cream with berries! Yum! :)

3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Or if you do dairy, pour heavy cream directly on them and mix. Love this stuff!

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E7e7e1c856d4494d4a1b700b6869df90

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on May 03, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Jello. if you do not want sugary jello buy the plain gelatin - you will need something for flavour other than the frozen berries like some other juice.. use the berries for the "cold water/ice cube" part of the recipe. ie boil the water-dissolve the gelatin-use some fruit, coconut milk, whipping cream, etc..for the cold balance along with the frozen berries. taste before you add sweetner.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 05, 2012
at 10:55 PM

*raises eyebrows* Wow, interesting, thanks!

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on May 04, 2012
at 06:24 AM

Cold Therapy obviously....stick those puppies down your pants....;)

Actually, berries much like peas do make a pretty good ice pack because they wrap nicely around the injury.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 05, 2012
at 10:49 PM

LOL, love it! But I never need a ice pack anymore, I don't get pains anymore. I used to do the Pea thing ^^ +1 for you

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5c94900002a867dfa2a8fcd91a576c5e

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on May 03, 2012
at 05:22 AM

Everyone's ideas sound delicious! Wrote most of them down for future reference. One of my favorites is frozen blueberries or strawberries mixed with almond butter.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:44 PM

Doesn't the almond butter just go clumpy when you add frozen berries to it?

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on June 13, 2013
at 07:17 PM

Umm I'm a farm girl born and raised, have had berries in my backyard my whole life and even WE are smart enough to freeze them. Most farm girls know its the only way to have berries all year round unless you want to buy the store berries (frozen or fresh). How do YOU make glazes and pie fillings and muffins and yummy ice cream toppings during the off seasons? Not nice to use your "fine palate" when obviously eating "only in season" has taught you nothing of the finer points of preparing food for the times when things are out of season

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 03, 2013
at 05:26 AM

The wild animals ate most of the berries before we could, we barely had enough to eat, let alone freeze. And there's no way we had enough freezer space for berries, we were a huge family and only had one chest freezer to contain the chicken and pig meat we butchered and the beef my family purchased from another farmer.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on July 03, 2013
at 05:29 AM

As for cooking with off season things... I don't. I don't enjoy food out of season. I can cook it and make it taste good, but to me it's not worth it, I'd rather be patient and wait for when it's in season since it tastes better to me. Specially since there are so many yummy vegetables and fruits in season, why would I bother with stuff out of season :) Only vegetables I eat off season is the potatoes and onions and other root vegetables (but these don't even last us that long, we store them but go through them really quick)

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on July 25, 2012
at 09:55 PM

I put them in glasses of ice water.

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Eb5ad630bb366c5f7dcf656810aa3f95

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on May 04, 2012
at 03:46 PM

We basically use frozen berries all the time in gin and tonic because we're too lazy or forgetful to make ice. It gives it a pretty pink colour and you can nibble them too.

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on May 04, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Eat them as a frozen treat on a warm day. It's like a popsicle! Yummy

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on May 03, 2012
at 10:57 AM

Eat them straight from the bag. All of them. Then repeat until satiated.

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19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Though it seems most of those suggestions are about fresh berries. I already do all those things with fresh berries (except for the pork suggestion), but those recipes don't work well with frozen berries. It comes out too bitter. I mean, I like bitter things, I squeeze lemon juice straight into my mouth!, but bitter/frozen berries taste disgusting. When I try to make the same recipes with frozen berries instead of fresh, I try a few bites and just throw the rest in the trash.

I think I'll try some of those suggestions but add a lot of sugar to make the berries sweet like fresh ones. The crepe idea should go nicely with a very sugary berry sauce and some whipped cream.

Might try making the sorbet or ice cream, but I'm going to add lots of sugar to it. Found a recipe that looks good on CHOW.com

Also thinking of making a berry milkshake like Wendy's with whipped heavy cream and looooots of sugar, since the frozen berries are bitter.

I don't know. I might just make some muffins and bring them over to someone I don't like ;P Then again there's people who will eat anything... @_@

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:36 PM

When you grow up eating super fresh food from your backyard *only*, I guess you end up with discerning tastebuds. ^^

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:07 AM

Me and my latchkey city kid taste buds are about to eat the bejesus out of some frozen blueberries mixed with coconut milk and cinnamon.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 03, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Enjoy :) More fresh berries for my farm girl tastebuds, hehehe.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Because I eat generally eat fruit in season (tastes better than way) and buy local. Grew up with berries in my own backyard. Guess I'm spoiled and have a fine palate, I don't think there's anything wrong with that :P Lucky me.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on May 02, 2012
at 08:07 PM

I don't know why you think frozen berries are more bitter than fresh. Generally they are better because they are frozen at peak ripeness rather than picked early for transport.

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