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Lemon juice to the rescue
using up old fruit

Blueberry Muffins

elderly berry version

This recipe had two aims: deal with aging, early-picked but now-bland blueberries (from Chile); use up some apple-pear (subbed in because I swiped some of the blueberries for a salad.)

UPDATE, 07apr2021: if the blueberries taste okay after their soaking, they work pretty well in the original version though mebbe help them out with the full 4T sugar, all white flour in a 2:1 ratio w oatmeal (for crust), the full 4T oil.


  • 1-1/4 C blueberries, washed, picked over, soaked in
  • 2? T lemon juice concentrate (for at least an hour)
  • 1/2 C apple pear, finely chopped
  • 1 t minced ginger
  • 1-1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda (to neutralize acid)
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 4 T granulated (white) sugar
  • 2 T ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 C white unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C (approx) 1/2% milk


  1. Wash blueberries, pitching moldy ones
  2. shake to remove excess water; place in flatbottomed small mixing bowl
  3. add lemon juice; let sit at least an hour to absorb juice.
  4. chop, or ideally grate, approx 1/3–1/2 C apple pear; add to blueberries
  5. mince 1–2 t fresh ginger; add to blueberry-pear mix
  6. preheat oven to 350.
  7. In a separate mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients, grinding out any lumps; stir well
  8. beat egg in measuring cup, using its markings to add 1/4 C oil, scant half c milk; mix & add to dry ingredients.
  9. Drain lemon juice (reserving for salad dressing or other); add fruit and ginger, fold in
  10. spray 12 cup muffin tin generously with pam, distribute batter, bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Comments: Soaking elderly, rather tasteless blueberries in lemon juice really seems to help! Spouse mistook ginger for cinnamon. It's not necessary, esp if no pear is added.


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