My mission this summer is to preserve much of summer’s bounty. I am focusing on freezing and canning. Brian got 8 pints of blueberries at the Farmer’s Market this week and they are mostly freezer bound. Freezing blueberries is really easy; simply rinse, sort, and dry roughly a pint and a half. Then place a piece of wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet, evenly spread the berries, and freeze. Once the berries are frozen solid (3 hours or so), quickly round them up and put in a labeled freezer bag. The cookie sheet step keeps them from sticking together. This method works well for most berries. We saved some strawberries this way earlier in the summer. If you put the berry bags in the very back of your freezer they should last at least six months, but check them if it has been a while.
I was so busy freezing blueberries that we almost didn’t have enough left for our Sunday morning sour cream and blueberry pancakes. I kind of have a reputation for making really bad pancakes. I used to run with a heavily vegan crowd, and the terrible pancakes were most certainly vegan. Which is not to say that good vegan pancakes cannot be made, just not by me. Rest assured, I have retrained myself and my eggy, milky pancakes are delicate and fluffy. These turned out really well; the sweetness of the cooked blueberries is set off nicely by the brightness of the sour cream.
Sour Cream and Blueberry Pancakes
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs beaten lightly
1/2 cup sour cream
1 – 1 & 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons melted and slightly cooled butter
1-2 cups blueberries, rinsed and dried
Preheat your skillet or griddle on medium/medium high heat while you prepare the batter. The secret to great pancakes is the right griddle temperature. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. Combine the eggs, sour cream, one cup of the milk, and then add the butter. Stir, and add to the dry ingredients. Once mixed add milk until the batter is your desired consistency. I like it to be just drippy, neither runny nor thick. Finally, throw in the blueberries and mix very lightly.
Add a small amount of oil, butter, or both, to your skillet, and cook the pancakes, turning when you see bubbles on the top side. Keep the cooked pancakes in a barely warm oven if you like. I find pancake cooking times vary wildly, so keep an eye on them and pull when they are golden brown and seem cooked all the way through.