Week 26: Pickled Blueberries

In honor of the 4th of July, here’s a festive little pickled blueberry recipe. There’s something about pickling fruit that is so easy – generally very little prep compared to vegetables – and these pickled blueberries may be my favorite pickled fruit so far! Fitting as I’m exactly halfway through my pickle a week adventure and I’ve definitely pickled some weird things. But I would call these a great success – have a berry fun and festive 4th!

I created this recipe because I hadn’t used juniper berries for a while (since pickled apples) and wanted to try them with another fruit, but here is a somewhat similar Saveur recipe. I also only used a shallot for one of the jars – good with or without Finally, a warning: juniper berries can blend in and look like very small blueberries that have risen to the top – careful!


Pickled Blueberry Recipe

Makes 2 pints

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp juniper berries per 1 pint
  • 1 shallot
  • 18 oz. blueberries (3 of the standard containers sold in grocery stores; also just under 4 lbs.)

Instructions:

  • Bring the water, vinegar, sugar and salt to a boil until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Set aside to cool.

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  • Rinse and drain blueberries. Pick out any particularly mushy-looking ones as they’ll only deteriorate more whence being pickled.

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  • Measure out juniper berries into jars (remember, 1 tsp per pint so only 1/2 tsp if using smaller jars).

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  • If using shallots, thinly slice and add to jars – about 1 small shallot per pint.
  • Fill jars with blueberries.

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  • Pour brine over contents of the jars.
  • Recommended use: refrigerate jars; these are great chilled. Should be ready within a day or two.

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