Fresh blueberries are available year round, but if for some reason you can’t find them in your local grocery store, cooking with canned blueberries is a great alternative. Canned blueberries are preserved in sugar and water, and can be found in most supermarkets in the aisle alongside other canned fruit. Since this form of blueberries has a shelf life of a couple of years, you can keep some on hand for use at any time. Make sure to store cans in a cool, dry place.
Cooking with canned blueberries is as easy as pie. You can use the whole can for sauces, compotes and chutneys, or you can drain them and use them like you would fresh blueberries. Try these Blueberry Banana Boats or Blueberry Baked Apples to see how easy it is.
Be sure not to waste the juice that’s left in the can if you’re only using the berries – it makes a great sweetener for syrups, vinaigrettes, yogurt, smoothies and glazes. You can also infuse the juice with lemon or ginger and stir it into festive cocktails.
Boil down the whole can of blueberries and juice to make a succulent, savory sauce. Add spices, garlic and salt to create a rich, sweet and caramelized drizzle for chicken, pork or salmon. You can also squeeze in lemon, vanilla or cinnamon to make aromatic chutneys. No matter what you choose, cooking with canned blueberries is a great way to cut time in the kitchen without sacrificing flavor.