I love blueberries... but they can be quite expensive. Fresh blueberries are delicious on their own, no extras required. High in antioxidants and low in sugar, these little spheres of goodness are often found in the Bolton kitchen. My kids love it when their awesomely cool mommy tosses a blueberry high into the air and catches it in her mouth. I know - I'm amazing. I also love baking with blueberries or adding them to smoothies... but I wouldn't dream of using fresh blueberries when using frozen work perfectly fine and are at least 50% cheaper.
Both of these bags hold 400g of frozen blueberries, but the one on the left from Aldi is 25% cheaper at £1.50 (as of last week where we live) than the bag on the left from Sainsbury's at £2.00. One noticeable difference, though, is the size of the berries - the ones from Sainsbury's are larger than the ones from Aldi, but they taste EXACTLY the same. And since I'd be whizzing the blueberries into smithereens or baking them until they burst in muffins or dessert, size doesn't really matter in this case.
I've already mentioned adding frozen blueberries to smoothies, but today, I want to share with you 3 more delicious, no-fuss ways of using frozen blueberries: in blueberry muffins, blueberry cake and blueberry syrup. Because these aren't recipes I've created myself, I'm simply going to provide the link to these recipes to give their creators the credit.
Einstein Blueberry Muffins... so great, they're insane! From EverydayCheapskate.com
I'm pretty sure this was the first blog I ever followed. Mary's recipes are so simple and frugal... right up my alley! Not only are these muffins delicious and pretty quick to whip up, but the whole batch comes in at about £1. Yep. If you want to cut down on the sugar, simply reduce the amount in the muffins or skip the cinnamon sugar topping. I only use half of the topping anyway, saving the rest in my fridge for either more muffins or on top of porridge.
Blueberry Syrup from MostlyHomemadeMom.com. When I woke up yesterday, I thought, "Doesn't waffles with blueberry syrup sound good?" So that's what I made for breakfast and, boy, was it good! Yes, there's more sugar involved in recipe, but there's also sugar in maple syrup, so the addition of blueberries makes it a healthier option, right?! Anyway, this delicious recipe only took about 5 minutes to prepare and can also be used to top pancakes and ice cream.
(Blue)Berry Upside Down Cake from OneGoodThingbyJillee.com. This is one of my more recent favourite blogs to follow, as Jillee blogs on frugal homekeeping, natural remedies, beauty and organising. I don't usually bake a cake on Sunday, but I did today for the visiting pastor to our church who was having lunch at our house after the morning service. This the whole cake cost less than £3 to make, took maybe 10 minutes to prepare and was ABSOLUTELY delicious. This is a definite "keeper" recipe.
I'd love to know what your favourite uses for frozen (or fresh) blueberries. Please leave a comment below or on the Finding The Pennies Facebook page. Take care xo