Here is something else we did with our dewberries we have growing at the farm. Weekend before last, we managed to get one more small batch.
I put them in a canning jar to bring them back into town. It wasn't enough for a cobbler or to make some jam, so we did the next best thing.
All we did was add about half a cup of sugar to the berries in a bowl. You could use any berry in this process, they will all break down with time.
|Dewberries and Sugar|
Stir it all around. We mashed a few of the berries while stirring and let the natural process of breaking down kickstart the work.
Of course, this natural process is called maceration. It usually involves adding a liquid but the sugar and semi mashed berries draw out natural liquid so it's pretty close to maceration. No cooking, just let them sit for about 30 minutes or an hour, stirring occasionally. As the sugar breaks down the berries, it all becomes a lovely sauce with a vibrant berry flavor.
|Bluebell Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream|
Be sure to take the ice cream out of the fridge so it gets soft. We used "Bluebell Homemade Vanilla"
(it's a beloved Southern brand).
Dewberries over Ice Cream
All that was left to do was pour it over the vanilla ice cream and enjoy our bounty from the farm! One of these days, we'll try our own homemade vanilla ice cream. Might be a nice Summer treat.