Wild Blackberry Juice (★★★☆☆) and typical blender use in our new home

We moved into our new home about a month ago, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the edge of our yard had a lot of wild blackberry bushes growing naturally.  There are so many of them that despite eating hundreds of them over the weekend, I still have more than I know what to do with, so I figured I’d try blending them.

Wild Blackberry Juice (★★★☆☆)
This would have been two stars, but both my young kids drank a good amount of it and told me it was good.

3 cups of wild blackberries
water
one packet of stevia sweetener (a natural no-calorie sweetener that is an extract from a naturally sweet tea leaf)

That’s really it.  I started filling the water up to the three cups line, but that seemed too strong, so I put more water in, and both the kids and I drank it.  I realized afterwards that based on my own personal preference for frozen drinks, this likely would have made a much better smoothie than juice.

I’m not in a rush to try to make this juice again, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much both the young kids drank.  If there’s an abundance of ripe berries this weekend, I’ll think I’ll give the smoothie variant of this recipe a try.

As for blender use, since we moved, the blender’s been used staples such as peanut butter and Banana Milk, as well as mixing powdered drinks, but my wife’s also come up good recipe for a delicious sesame dipping sauce for vegetables and a sesame dressing (goma-dare – ごまだれ)for cold summer ramen noodles (hiyashi chuuka – 冷やし中華).

I’m going to try to get those recipes my wife and share them here next.

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