From Farm to Table: 3 Ways to Enjoy Liberty County Blueberries
Summer in Liberty County is packed full of so many fun activities like making a splash in the pool, kayaking through coastal waterways and boat rides into the sunset. For locals, there’s really only one activity that really kicks off the summer season: blueberry pickin’ at Brewers! Make sure you check out our tips & tricks to blueberry pickin’ in Liberty County before heading off to the farm. After an afternoon spent at Brewers, we recommend whipping up one of these delicious blueberry recipes!
1. Here’s our favorite recipe for blueberry muffins:
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup neutral flavored oil; canola, vegetable and grape seed are great
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup milk; dairy and non-dairy both work
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6 to 8 ounces fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 400º F.
- In a large bowl whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Use a measuring cup that holds at least 1 cup and add vegetable oil, egg and then fill the cup to the 1-cup line with milk (about 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of milk).
- Add vanilla and whisk until combined.
- Add milk mixture to the bowl with flour and sugar then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix (the muffin batter will be pretty thick).
- Add blueberries and use a spatula or spoon to gently fold the blueberries into the muffin batter.
- Divide the batter between the muffin cups filling about ½ full.
- Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
2. Mrs. Judy Brewer’s Blueberry Cream Pie:
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 8 oz. Cool Whip Topping
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2-3 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 graham cracker crust
- Let cream cheese soften to room temperature.
- Mix sugar, cheese and vanilla slowly together in a bowl.
- Gently stir in blueberries and whip cream.
- Pour contents into the pie pan on the graham cracker crust and refrigerate overnight for best results!
3. Cool off with a refreshing Blueberry Cocktail:
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, about one lime
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ½ cup good quality vodka
- 1 cup seltzer water
- Lime and mint sprigs for garnish
- Place blueberries, mint, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle.
- Add ice, vodka and honey. Shake vigorously to blend.
- Strain into a mason jar or old-fashioned glass.
- Top with seltzer water & garnish with a lime wedge and mint sprig.