Thursday, August 29, 2013

IN BIANKA'S GALLEY: Freeze Dried Blueberries

I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill
On Blueberry Hill where I found you
The moon stood still on Blueberry Hill
And lingered till my dreams came true

When I'm out on a cruise with BIANKA I prefer quiet secluded anchorages over active harbors. Since I converted to electric propulsion there is less need to go in search of a gas dock which is good. But, provisioning and the need to find food is still a concern.. I'd still prefer to stay in the serenity of where the boat is anchored. To that end I have been trying out some products that may reduce the need to find a grocery store and make staying put more of option.

The first product I tried is some Freeze Dried Blueberries . The 4.23 oz can is about half the size of a one pound coffee can and contains delicious freeze dried dehydrated Blueberries. Because they are dried they have an intense flavor that even taste good straight out of the can. Which is dangerous because one could easily pop them into the mouth like candy and not have enough for cooking if one is not careful. But, it does make for healthy snacking. So far I have been able to resist the temptation most of the time. It's a pretty versatile product. Instructions say to add three parts water to one part Blueberries to rehydrate them. I've also used other liquids like soaking one tablespoon of dried Blueberries in a cup of milk for twenty minutes before adding vanilla ice cream to make a Blueberry Milk Shake with a very intense Blueberry flavor.

I've also had great success with making Blueberry pancakes with the freeze dried Blueberries. Except rather than rehydrating them first I just whip up a batch of pancake batter and put about a quarter of a cup of the freeze dried Blueberries into the batter and let it sit in the cooler over night:

In the morning I give the batter another stir before pouring some of the batter out onto my cast iron pan:

After the pancakes are cooked I plate them and drizzle them with some Maple Syrup. Added a cup of coffee and enjoyed a very flavorful breakfast experience in the cockpit:

A can or two of these freeze dried Blueberries will definitely be a staple in the galley of BIANKA from now on.  I'm also trying some other freeze dried products on board that I will be reporting on from time to time here on the blog in the near future.


Dan said...

Those blueberries look like they would be better to have that "dried" type that are more raisin-like. I'll have to find these. Thanks.

I have had freeze-dried strawberries and bananas. Strawberries are better, I think. They would be good to add to oatmeal too.

Capt. Mike said...


Yes these are more dried right out of the can almost like candy and have an intense flavor and crunch. I'm going to try them in cereal next and if I ever get a small oven on board perhaps bake some blueberry muffins too but, I'l probably rehydrate them first.