Blackberries!

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Blackberry season is here or possibly past depending on where you live, and I couldn’t be happier. Picking blackberries on the 4th of July was always a tradition in my family. We would always come to Tennessee for vacation this time of year and if we picked the berries my grandmother would make us a cobbler. Hot, sweaty and scratched up, but worth it.

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Blackberries are extremely good for you, but I refuse to buy the flavorless stuff you find in the grocery store, no, I prefer the wild variety. Unfortunately, the season really only lasts a week or two at best so you have to get them while the getting is good. You can make pies, jams, pancakes, etc. or just eat them raw (or with ice cream!) as I do. We freeze as many as we can so we can enjoy those goodies throughout the year. Simply wash the berries well, place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper leaving space between the berries, and place them in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, put them in plastic freezer bags and your all set. Freezing them this way keeps them from becoming stuck together in the bag and allows you to use only what you need when you need them.

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Happy eating!

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