SUMMER PRODUCE: Raspberries and blueberries

I am just barely recovered from another weekend of berry picking at Sauvie Island Farms, followed by a day of preservation. First, I made some kick-ass blueberry jam. Low sugar, I should add. Only 1/2 cup of sugar in nine jars, and it still tastes amazing. I also bought some raspberries and made vinegar. After letting the jar sit in a cool, dark place for two weeks, I’ll attempt to make vinaigrette. Then, I dried some raspberries in a borrowed dehydrator. Eventually, I’ll use those to mimic Trader Joe’s Nuts about Raspberries and Chocolate trail mix. They’re not as sweet and sticky as the ones in the trail mix (how do they do that?), but they have a nice full flavor. Next I may chase down a good deal at a farm in Canby and go marrionberry picking. If I do, though, I may just pick enough for a pie and call it a day.

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