Everyone here in the Steam house LOVE our raspberry bushes. Every morning Mr. Steam goes out and picks raspberries and every evening after dinner the mini Steams go out and eat their fill. They are so much yummier than the berries from the grocery store.
(Don’t you know I don’t have a picture of the kids in the raspberry patch? Its so cute all I can go is stand there watching them with a big ole grin on my face. So just picture it. Yep, you’ve got a grin too don’t you?!)
But I wanted to enjoy raspberries in lots of different ways. Here are some that we have done so far this summer (or in some cases will be doing SOON).
1) Make Raspberry Jam
So far Mr. Steam has made 52 jars of raspberry jam. Yes, 52. And we haven’t even hit the HEAVY part of the season!!!! Nope your screen doesn’t need adjusting we have both black and red raspberry bushes. So we have both black and red jam. This years jam is the best ever!
My very most favorite kind of pie is Raspberry pie. And there is nothing better than making a pie with picked that day raspberries!
4) Make Raspberry Lime-aide
Both Mr. Steam and I LOVE fresh squeezed lime aide. And we both often order berry lemon aids in restaurants. But we haven’t had berry limeade. We will be remedying that situation TOMORROW! Mr Steam just got some limes. And we have left over sauce. I’ll let you know how it goes.
5) Make Raspberry Pancakes
Although most folks make blueberry pancakes, my favorite is a raspberry pancake. Since we always have fancy breakfasts on the weekend I know I can convince Mr. Steam to make me some on Saturday. I think I’ll even use raspberry sauce instead of maple syrup on top.
6) Save some for latter – Frozen Sauce
Raspberries freeze wonderfully and let you have a taste of summer in the fall or winter. To make it easier to use. Pour your sauce into an ice cube tray. Cover the tray with plastic wrap and set on a flat spot in the freezer over night. The next day pop out the raspberry cubes and put in a zip top freezer bag. Each cube is about 2 T worth of sauce. That way you can thaw out just the amount you need.
Mr. Steam is very good about freezing and canning for the family. He’ll take the exact amount of fruit I need (we do this with rhubarb too) for a given recipe and put it in a freezer bag. He marks the bag with the fruit name and quantity. Then I can pull out one bag and get going on a pie or crisp. (Ok, so in THIS case his labeling leaves a little to be desired.)
Inspired by a Rachael Ray recipe that we love better than real tiramisu.