Oranges, blueberries, tomatoes and strawberries and more are at peak flavor in Florida. Here are several recipes to preserve these homegrown favorites long after the seasons are gone: Blueberry Citrus Conserve, Bruschetta in a Jar, Berry Blitz Freezer Jam and how to freeze berries with a bonus cobbler recipe.
To freeze blueberries, place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Freeze. Pour frozen berries into a sealable container. No need to defrost before using.
Makes 9 servings
3 1/2 cups fresh or 1 pound frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons each: lemon juice and melted butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup 1 percent milk
3/4 cup boiling water
1. Put berries in ungreased 8-inch square baking dish. Top with cornstarch and lemon juice. Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add milk and butter until combined, not smooth. Drop 9 mounds onto berries.
2. Pour boiling water on dough and fruit. Top with remaining sugar. Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes.
Blueberry Citrus Conserve
Makes about 4 (8 oz) half pints
4 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 small lemon (unpeeled), seeded and thinly sliced