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IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 29, 2012
9:56 AM

Post #9222424

Hi y'all
I baught some blackberries at the store the other day, and they have absolutely no flavor, but they're too expensive to just toss. Any ideas? Favorite recipes?
Thanks for any suggestions.
~Susan

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2012
10:54 AM

Post #9222487

Hi Susan! I would think any recipe with lots of sugar would overcome absence of flavor. Maybe sugar and almond extract? Commercial bakeries do it.
anastatia
Vancouver, WA
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9222819

I agree w/ carrielamont. jam or a cobbler, etc.

lourspolaire

lourspolaire
Delray Beach, FL
(Zone 10a)

July 29, 2012
5:09 PM

Post #9222904

Blackberries... HHHMMMM! Tasteless blackberries? How truly disappointing. As much as I would hate it, life is too short to put up with food that turns out to be tasteless. I would toss them in a flash and move on.

Sylvain.
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
7:02 PM

Post #9223054

Susan, take them back to the store and get a refund! The store welcomes customers to return products they are unhappy with, which helps them retain customers. Heck, you can return your Grandma to Walmart and they'll give you a refund!!! J.C. Penney's is the same way, as is Kohl's and Target - you can return anything and get a refund and a smile. KMart is a whole other story!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 29, 2012
7:08 PM

Post #9223062

Thanks y'all ... ☺
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 29, 2012
7:30 PM

Post #9223086

So... what ya going to do, Susan? LOL Inquiring minds want to know!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 30, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9223379

I made a yummy tofu breakfast smoothie using blackbaerries, strawberries and a bit of honey and banana

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

July 30, 2012
6:27 AM

Post #9223392

Susan, when I use blackberries in a pie or cobbler I add a little crushed anise. It really sparks up the flavor and enhances it. That might have helped your berries. Some of mine on my bushes are really sweet and flavorful and some not so much, so it's nice to have a way to improve things.

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2012
1:45 PM

Post #9223861

I hate bananas, but to me that's a really overwhelming flavor that would make up for anything LACKING flavor! Susan, did you enjoy your smoothie?
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 30, 2012
3:11 PM

Post #9223945

It was great. Thanks. I only used half of a banana. You can put just about anything in a smoothie. I should have thought about that before I posted. It's a great way to get some nutritian. I actually use to make them more often. I use to purchase a protein powder and add some in. ☺

carrielamont

carrielamont
Bedford, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2012
3:49 PM

Post #9223984

(Yuck.) I'm glad you liked it! :-)
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2012
3:52 PM

Post #9223988

Susan, you are so tiny, you need all the nutrition you can get - eat, girl - EAT!

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 30, 2012
5:40 PM

Post #9224111

I love smoothies! I put my berries in the freezer & use kefir as the base. Its like a tangy milkshake.

Tam
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 30, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9224154

Kay, you haven't met me in person, but I'll accept that graceously. LOL

Tam, I always have blueberries, bananas and strawberries in the freezer. I use to love blackberries when they grew wild on Grandmama's farm. I guess that's why I was disappointed in these. Your smoothie ssounds mighty good. A DG member is teaching me the art of making yogurt. I'm all excited about trying that. ☺

Thanks for all the great suggestions. The DH isn't much of a sweet eatter, so I don't do much baking. That's probably why I never thought of a cobbler or pie. I probably don't use but 5 lbs of sugar a year. I do use Splenda, some local honey occasionally or brown sugar when a recipe calls for it.

Tammy

Tammy
Barto, PA
(Zone 6b)

July 30, 2012
6:17 PM

Post #9224165

Susan - kefir is simpler than yogurt. You simply mix in the "grains" in fresh milk, cover w/cheesecloth and let sit for a day and then strain. If you don't need more, store the "grains" in some milk and put it into the fridge for up to 1-2wks. In case you don't like the procedures required for yogurt. :-)

Tam
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2012
6:21 PM

Post #9224176

Susan, I've seen several pictures of you and can tell you don't weigh much and you are short - put those two together and you have my definition of 'tiny'! LOL
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

July 31, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #9225536

Kay, I've found a few extra pounds since I've posted pics. I honestly think it's muscle from walking ... ☺ That's my story and I'm stickin to it. LOL

Tam, Dmail me more info please? Where do you get your kefir grains?
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2012
3:33 AM

Post #9225667

Good morning, Susan - Moses must have gained some muscle, too! I believe it might be time to send me a new picture of you two!!!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

August 1, 2012
9:49 AM

Post #9225972

Oh, Moses is a gorgeous 93 lbs now, and is quite a handsome guy! Can't imagine what I ever did without him! I'll have to send you an updated pic. ☺
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 1, 2012
11:45 AM

Post #9226091

Oh, Susan - I know he's beautiful because he was a beautiful baby! DO send me a recent picture!!!!

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