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Wild Maine Blueberry Harvest

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There are so many great things about August in Maine and in the food category wild blueberries and lobster are at the top of the list.

Wild Maine Blueberries

Wild Maine blueberries are special, they are sweeter and richer in antioxidants than the bigger cultivated blueberries. They truly do grow wild and are a favorite of bears too! Ever make  Duncan Hines Wild Blueberries Mix? That can of blueberries contains these blueberry gems! 

 

The process of harvesting blueberries is pretty straight forward. Using a special hand held rake with tines spaced close together you simply start low on the bush and work your way up, the berries falling into the back of the rake. Once your bucket it as full as you want it's time to head to the winnowing machine. 

Wild Maine Blueberries

The winnowing machine is where the small unripe berries, leaves, and debris is separated from the good blueberries. 

winnowing Maine Blueberries

It takes just a few minutes to clean them and then we are left with this! 

Wild Maine Blueberries

Then it comes time to made my Wild Maine Blueberry Vodka Sauce. Using berries, onions, jalapenos, brown sugar, marshmallow vodka and a few other ingredients and you have a sauce that goes perfectly, on ice cream, waffles with whipped cream, all the way to a ribeye steak!.  It's just so versatile being sweet and savory. 

 



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