How to make your own Blueberry Juice: Blueberry juice can be hard to find and expensive to purchase. Make your own blueberry juice using this simple recipe. A quart of blueberries will make 3 1/2 cups (about) of blueberry juice concentrate. Diluted that will make 10 cups of blueberry juice. A super way to make your own blueberry juice.
I got in a fight the other day with the catbirds over my blueberry patch. I let the catbirds eat the wild cherries, the mulberries, and the wild blackcaps. While out weeding in the garden, I spotted a darn catbird sitting on a bush in the middle of my blueberry patch. I swear he was waiting for the berries to get ripe. Shooo you noisy catbird- SHOO!! Those are my berries.
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I won that battle with berry netting. But wait, is that a catbird I just spotted hopping along under the mesh eating my blueberries. The net is now anchored down, and my berries are safe from marauding catbirds or any other creature who decides to try and eat them. FINAL SCORE!! Catbirds Zero, Doctor Jo; lots of blueberries for pies, cobblers, jams, juice, sauce, and eating. I WON!!!
Time to get picking and make some blueberry treats. YUM.
I love fresh blueberry pie, blueberry syrup, blueberry jam, and blueberry lemonade. The basis for all of these is blueberry juice. The store sells blueberry juice with extra sugar or watered down with other juice and water. So why not make your own blueberry juice? It’s easy to make, has no additives and best of all homegrown organic blueberries guarantee it is free of any pesticides and chemicals.
The juice I make is a concentrate and so healthy for you. Blueberries are high in antioxidants, especially the flavonoids. Say What? Flavonoids?? I know it sounds like a personal problem. Flavonoids are antioxidants, making blueberries a superfood. A superfood helps us stay healthy. It can improve the immune system, memory, blood pressure, and keep our muscles in shape. The list is long, and if you need more convincing that blueberries are a superfood here is an excellent resource. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/10-proven-benefits-of-blueberries.
My SIS (Simple Is Smart) Rx for blueberry juice.
Boil the blueberries with a little water until they are soft and can be easily mashed.
Mash them in the kettle and once they have cooled strain out the juice using several layers of cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag. I love the nut-milk bag because it is reusable and doesn’t absorb the blueberry color. Just rinse it out after each use and let it dry. It is great for making cheese, nut milk (duh), and staining juices.
The juice is a concentrate that I dilute 1 part juice to 3 parts water. If you freeze the juice in an ice-cube tray, each cube is 2 Tbsp of juice. Add a cube to a tall glass of lemonade for a refreshing blueberry lemonade drink. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon and so healthy and delicious!
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- 4 cups blueberries fresh
- 1/4 cup water
- Wash blueberries and place in kettle with the water.
- Cook blueberries over medium heat stirring often to prevent scorching.
- Once blueberries are soft, mash them in the kettle.
- Let cool and strain mashed berries through several layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag.
- Use the juice within a few days by diluting one part juice to four parts water. You may like it more or less concentrated so adjust the amount of water to suit your taste.
- Freeze the juice in a silicone ice cube tray and store it in a ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 6 months. Vacuum pack the cubes and store them for three years frozen.