Blueberries for Health
Mmm Blueberries: Wanting to take advantage of the bounty of the season, yesterday I went out during lunch and picked up 5lbs of blueberries from one of the farms near by. Blueberries are considered one of the super foods and I have always found them super delicious.
Blueberries are extremely high in anti-oxidants, are loaded with vitamin C, are high in fiber and low in calories. These make blueberries a star ingredient in the Arthritis Kitchen.
This morning I prepped the berries for freezing. I first washed them by submerging them all in a big container of water and swirling them around. When doing this any leaves, stems etc. float to the top. I then use my handy spider to scoop out the berries, let the spider drain on a tea towel then place the berries on a single layer on paper towels and let them dry. This is a great technique because it is super easy to do, is very gentle on the berries as well as your hands and wrists. After the berries dried I then placed them on cookie sheets in a single layer and popped them into the freezer. I’ll then put them into different sized zip-lock bags and freeze them for future use.
Arthritis Kitchen Tip – Use a Spider – The spider is another one of my must have items for the Arthritis Kitchen. It is super light weight and can be used for dozens of kitchen tasks. The long wooden handle allows you to use it to reach into a pot of boiling water (or oil) and safely remove and drain your items from the pot. Rather than taking a heavy pot full of water to the sink to drain simply use your spider to remove the items and place into a bowl. I use this for potatoes, perogies, short cut pasta, hard boiled eggs etc. etc. It really saves strain for arthritic hands or wrists.