I'm not ready to throw down my shovel yet though. I'm certain there's a blueberry farmer in me somewhere. I think I've been coming at this blueberry growing thing from the wrong angle. I just need to change my strategy a bit. So, instead of going back to the drawing board and buying new plants, I've invested in a pair of binoculars instead. You see I have some neighbours who seem to have blueberry growing down pat. My new plan is to take up the gentle art of stickybeaking for the next little while, until I can work this blueberry growing caper out. I really don't think I can take any more of those poor little plants shrivelling up and dying.
In the meantime, at least I've got the neighbours to buy from.
One of my favourite things to do with blueberries? Make blueberry cordial (which is like a blueberry syrup for my northern hemisphere friends). This stuff is super duper scrummy. It's like essence of blueberry in a bottle. Man alive this stuff is good. Really good, like it's all mine, keep your hands off it good. It's so tasty, you're going to want to keep a secret stash of it somewhere for later.
How to Make My Blueberry Cordial
For every kilogram of fruit, add half a kilo sugar and 1 litre rainwater to your pan (if you don't have rainwater, make sure your water has been filtered). Also add 2 teaspoons citric acid. Boil up for about 15 minutes, until fruit is mushy. Taste it. If your fruit is really tart, you may need to add some more sugar. Our neighbour's blueberries are sweet, so this tastes about right. Strain through a jellybag and pour into your sterilised bottles.
Keep in the fridge. Or if you want to keep them in the pantry, you need to process in a boiling water bath. I sterilise my bottles in my Fowlers Vacola.
So how do you drink it?
The PG version: Mix it up with ice cold water over ice.
The AO version: Mix with some vodka over ice and some sprigs of mint. Yes, you're welcome.