Leftover Ingredients: Blueberries

When I was planning the itinerary for our vacation to Seattle last August, I wanted to make time to go berry picking with our 13-month-old.  In my search for a berry-picking farm, I came across numerous farms in both Oregon and Washington, but I settled on a few in Washington since we wanted to see more than just Seattle.

For someone who has never been picking of any sort, I thought it was fabulous. We ended up going to Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue (about a 20 minute drive East of Seattle), and we also had plenty of options to purchase more farm fresh produce when we were done picking. We bought some garlic, peaches, tomatoes, and raspberries. The peaches were to die for!

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Blueberry Picking @ Larsen Lake Blueberry FarmWhen we first started picking, we stayed near the path. We realized that the blueberries in that vicinity were actually not that great. We had to go into the thick of the blueberry bushes to find just the right berries. We picked a good amount of blueberries, and we were happy to have experienced berry picking for the first time.

Unfortunately, where we live, we don’t have access to any kind of berry farms. We have very few options for farmer’s markets as well. Despite this, I think we still get to eat decent fruit, and blueberries are no exception.

Expect to Pay…

A few weeks ago, I bought an 18 ounce container of blueberries for $4.98 ($4.43 per pound), which is fairly expensive considering that we paid $1.50 per pound for the ones we picked in Washington. After the blueberries had been in our fridge for a good week, the container was still half full. I didn’t want them to go bad, so I decided to freeze what was left.


If you buy a big container, like I did, and don’t know what to do with what’s left, don’t waste those extra blueberries! Either freeze them or make something with them that will make your family smile! When you throw away food, you are really throwing away money.

These are the ways I could think of for using up those blueberries:

  1. Add to oatmeal (my daughter loves bananas with her oatmeal, and sometimes I throw in some blueberries if we have them)
  2. Make Blueberry Puree (from the book Cooking for Baby*; I love referencing this book for making baby food)
  3. Put in smoothies
  4. Add to a fruit salad
  5. Freeze for later
  6. Make a cobbler or pie
  7. Whip up some delicious blueberry pancakes
  8. Add to your yogurt (Sofía and I love eating honey Greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and bananas)
  9. Put on your cereal
  10. Make a simple syrup with them
  11. Dry them
  12. Put on cheesecake or ice cream

This is an awesome list of 20 recipes containing blueberries! Pin for when you need ideas to use up blueberries!

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Here are links I found for 20 recipes with blueberries. Under each recipe, I listed the amount of blueberries required, how much the recipe makes (if the recipe stated this), other ingredients the recipe calls for that you may want to use up, and any other notes I thought might be useful. Some of the recipes are really simple and others are really fancy!


Blueberry Preserves from Always With Butter

  • 6 cups blueberries

Blueberry Syrup from Simple Bites

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • Makes 3 cups
  • Great on pancakes, ice cream, and cheesecake

Easy Blueberry Jam from A Pretty Life

  • 6 cups blueberries (or 2 lbs.)
  • Makes 2 1/2 cups
  • Can be kept for 4 weeks in fridge

Flax and Blueberry Vanilla Overnight Oats from Pinch of Yum

  • Blueberries for topping
  • Serves 1
  • Other ingredients: vanilla yogurt, flaxmeal, pecans (or other toppings)


Balsamic Blueberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Amanda K. by the Bay

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Other ingredients: white cheese, spinach or arugula

Blueberry Corn Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Serves 6-8
  • Other ingredients: red onion, cilantro, jalapeño
  • Can make ahead

Grilled Chicken Salad with Feta, Fresh Corn, and Blueberries from The Pioneer Woman

  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • Serves 12
  • Other ingredients: red onion, fresh dill, half-and-half

Grilled Steak Chopped Summer Salad from Recipe Girl

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Serves 2 (or 4 if a side dish)
  • Other ingredients: skirt steak, yellow bell pepper, strawberries, gorgonzola cheese

Power Greens Salad with Blueberries and Almonds from Kalyn’s Kitchen

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Serves 2
  • Other ingredients: mix of greens, slivered almonds


Blueberry Energy Bites from Crazy Pants Cookin’

  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • Other ingredients: walnuts, almonds, ground flax seed, maca powder, mesquite powder, dried coconut

Blueberry Trail Mix from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

  • 6 ounces or 1 1/4 cups blueberries
  • Serves 12
  • Other ingredients: almonds, walnuts, pistachios, chipotle powder

Double Berry Applesauce from Mrs. Happy Homemaker

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • Other ingredients: apples, strawberries
  • Great for kids

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries from Family Fresh Meals

  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • Serves 2
  • Other ingredients: Greek yogurt
  • Great for kids and the freezer


Blueberry and Maple Syrup Oat Smoothie from Lisa’s Kitchen

  • 1/2 pint fresh or frozen blueberries (about 1 cup)
  • Serves 4
  • Other ingredients: plain yogurt, apple cider (or apple juice), pure maple syrup

Blueberry Mint Lemonade from A Crimson Kiss

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Other ingredients: lemons, superfine sugar, fresh mint
  • Make ahead so flavors can meld


Blueberry Butter Cake from Six Sisters’ Stuff

  • 15 to 20 ounces dried blueberries
  • Serves 6-8
  • Other ingredients: yellow cake mix, cream cheese, powdered sugar

Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream from relativetaste

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Other ingredients: heavy cream, coconut milk, avocado, shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Requires an ice cream maker

Lemon Blueberry Mug Cake from All Day I Dream About Food

  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • Serves 5
  • Other ingredients: coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut milk, lemon extract
  • Nut-free and dairy-free

Roasted Berry S’mores from Jelly Toast

  • 1 pint blueberries (about 2 cups)
  • Makes 3-4 cups of the roasted berry sauce
  • Other ingredients: strawberries, raspberries, vanilla bean, cardamom

Ten Minute Blueberry Crisp from Living Well Spending Less

  • 8 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Serves 12
  • Other ingredients: real butter

Blueberries are good for up to 10 days in the fridge and 8 months in the freezer (Eat by Date, “How Long Do Blueberries Last?“).

Here are some health problems that might be remedied by adding blueberries to your diet.

Have you ever been to a U-pick farm? How do you enjoy blueberries?
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  1. I love all these ideas Charlee. I usually add blueberries to my smoothie and each morning to my steel cut oats for breakfast. They are so good for you and tasty, you can’t go wrong. Thanks for the other greats ideas and ways to use them.
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  2. I love your ideas. Someday I hope to have an abundance of blueberries. Jealous! 😉

  3. Lots of delicious ideas here Charlee Anne, thanks for sharing them!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz
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  4. We picked blueberries earlier this summer and have several gallons in the freezer. Your list will be great when I need some blueberry inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing! Pinning. 🙂
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  5. All your recipes sound amazing! Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please join us tonight at 7 pm. It is a pleasure to have you! http://loulougirls.blogspot.com/
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls
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