Today I’m taking time away from running writing. This blog is my avenue for expressing all the joys and interesting things I learn and do that make me happy (which often involves running). But today, it’s about family, relaxing, and… Berries!
I have always been a fan of blackberries. When I was growing up, my Dad’s family would all go to the coast and hang out together at “the Cabin”. Not more than a quarter-mile down the main road, was a gravel side-road lined with a huge hedge of blackberry bushes. My Grandma would send “the cousins” (my sister and I, and all the other four girl cousins) out on a walk with a few large Tupperware to get blackberries so she could make cobbler for dessert after dinner. I always loved that cobbler…
So, this evening, I spent time with a different set of grandparents, and when G-ma said we were going to pick berries, those old memories came flooding back. This time, we walked further, my cousins didn’t join us, and we weren’t at the salty-air beach, but it was a perfect evening. Pleasantly nice and warm, and the breeze picked up making the journey quite enjoyable. Quality time for girl talk with G-ma along our route, picking berries mindlessly, and laughing as cars drove by, the driver honking or cat-calling. Thank you, gentleman. Glad to know we’re a nice looking pair.
We’re not making cobbler tonight (turn the oven on when it’s 90 degrees out? No, thank you!), but I did learn from G-ma how to freeze berries properly!
If you want to have berries to munch, but like them frozen, and really don’t want to have them become a large clump-berry-cube, the trick is to lay them out on a cookie sheet, spread with space between each berry, so they freeze singularly. This makes them much more easy to handle as a refreshing, frozen snack on these ninety-plus degree days. You may layer the berries with a sheet of foil or wax paper in-between to keep each layer separate if you have a bucketful to freeze. Once frozen, you can put them in a container of your choosing for more manageable storage.
My berries are washed and in the freezer… Can wait to pop one of those frozen beauties into my mouth tomorrow! Happy Summer berry-picking!