Berry Picking

Took the day off and went to the lake, just saw it
from the vehicle but at least saw it.  We took our
boat but only menfolk ended up on the water.
The women folk went picking berries. (Actually
it was just my daughter and myself.)

There is only a certain ‘window’ for picking the
berries so wanted to get some for a change.
They weren’t the best since there was still many
red ones.  At least it was a taste, and hopefully
will get another chance to go find some more.

Saskatoon berries, make the best berry pie ever!
Sure, I know, you will say ‘no’ ,so and so berries
make the best pie.  I think there are certain fruits
for every area in the world which are touted as the
best.   It’s what you grow up with and what is available
but I will always love saskatoon berry pie!

To make my pie crust, I just use 2 cups of flour, a
couple dashes of salt and cut in about 3/4 cup of
Crisco shortening.  Add about 4 tablespoons of cold
water , a tablespoon at a time, until dough starts to
stick together.  Put together a ball of enough dough
to cover a pie plate, set on floured board, give a few
taps with rolling pin.  Start rolling in a circle from center
to outside all away around, lifting up dough and adding
more flour if needed.  Don’t turn the dough over.
(Actually, just follow the recipe on the Crisco box)

When your circle of dough is big enough, put in pie plate.
Trim off excess.  I use the Basic Berry recipe in my
Better Homes and Gardens cookbook which I have
had for over 40 years. It is rough shape because it
has been well used.

3 cups of berries (depending on size of pie plate)
2/3 to 1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of cornstarch or 4 tablespoons of flour
1 tablespoon of butter
Put berries into pie.
Mix sugar,cornstarch and dash of salt, then pour over
berries. Dot with butter and then cover with the other
circle of pastry you should have rolled out.  Poke the
top crust with fork or whatever to make a vent hole.
Cook at 400*F for 40 to 50 minutes. Serve with
vanilla ice cream. Scrumptious!
I guess in the States, Saskatoon berries are called
‘service berries’.

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2 Responses to “Berry Picking”

  1. wormfarms are great, i farm worms because they make my vegetables huge

  2. Patti says:

    Mr Earth Worm , I agree they are good for the soil.

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