Thursday, August 9, 2012

Blackberry Fields Forever

There are so many berries in Oregon, and Noonkester Ranch is no exception. Sam and Terry have many large patches of blackberries growing across their acreage, so we made a morning of berry picking.

Their cows like to hang in this barn, and there is lots of manure to prove it.

Check out this totally unscientific discovery I made. Compare the berry picked near the manure (left) vs. a berry from elsewhere in the patch (right).


If you have never tried composted cow manure on your crops, you may want to start!

Later that day we made a large batch of blackberry jam plus this delicious blackberry crumble.


This recipe is great for anyone too lazy to make pie.

Preheat oven to 375F. Crumble up some butter, flour, and sugar in a bowl until you have a nice doughy crumble. But don't make it into a ball. Salt to taste.

Next, fill a pie pan with berries and add sugar to them, whatever amount you think will make it dessert-like. Spread crumble on top. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

Another cool trick I learned a la Terry Noonkester: to freeze berries, put them on a cookie sheet, then put them in the freezer on the sheet.

Once they're frozen, take them off the cookie sheet, put them in freezer bags, then put them back in the freezer. You will have nice whole frozen berries to cook with rather than a frozen berry brick.

Thanks, Terry!


Meg said...

Beautiful post. The blackberry crumble looks delicious. I miss cooking with you lady.

Tonight, I made a somewhat eggplant parm (but I baked instead of fried the eggplant first) and made my own tomato sauce with it. I just made carrot cake cookies...hopefully they're yummy!

P.S. have fun in Medford, and good luck on your journey to Portland.

Sara said...

Blackberries are just getting started here. The raspberries are taking a break while the new crop is setting. We picked the first plums today, some for bags, some for my tummy!