Free food is the best food

Free food is the best food, which is why I love this time of the year in the Pacific Northwest. We have the perfect weather for blackberry growing. It's not too hot, not too cold.

This is a picture from a bush growing along the side of the road by my house.

Blackberries are everywhere this time of the year.

I can't pass up free stuff, so I have been picking and freezing for the past month.

I'm sure this tip is nothing new, but if you put the fruit on a cookie tray, then freeze it flat for about 2 hours, then bag it, your fruit is easier to use when you are ready for it.

I use blackberries in smoothies, in pancakes, and in blackberry cobbler.

Today I thought I would share with you my favorite recipe for cobbler.
1 1/4 c raw oatmeal
3/4 c melted butter
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 c brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Mix until crumbly. Press 1/2 of the mixture into a greased 9" pie plate. Cover with 4 cups of blackberries (you can also use rhubarb or blueberries).
Combine 1 cup sugar, 3 T tapioca (or 2 T corn starch), 1 cup water and 1 tsp vanilla in saucepan. Cook on medium heat stirring often until thick and "clear". Pour over fruit. Top with remaining crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

1 comment

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Yum yum yum. We are surrounded by them and rather than fight them, we embrace them. I pick tons, freeze them, use them all year long in smoothies, baking, salad dressing etc.

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