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Berry Good Pie

July 24, 2011


Good ol’ Irma Harding, the Betty Crocker of all things International Harvester, reminds me to clean my International Harvester freezer out and keep track of the contents.  Rotating the stock in the freezer is of the utmost importance.

Rubus armeniacus

The bees are busy, so it looks like we’ll have berries galore to fill freezer.  I hate Himalayan Blackberries and secretly wish Irma would recommend using an International Harvester M1 Garand rifle on them, but being a proper home economist, she places more emphasis on frugality and running a smooth kitchen ship, not the hows and whys of warfare on non-native invasive plants.  The berries are free, plentiful and tasty, so we fight them during the growing season and pick their fruit in late summer.

My one crust pies during the harried hay season end up looking more like an upside down galette, but they are tasty.  It’s up to the discretion of the cook to call it as they see it, the other day when I forgot the hamburger buns in the oven, I just announced that we were having artisan bread rolls!  Crusty on the outside and tender  still ( whew) on the inside.  They all disappeared, no harm, no foul.  Right?  Irma would be proud!

Doing dishes is not my favorite thing, summer or not, especially baked on pie filling.  I’m posting today over at Simple-Green-Frugal about how I thicken my juicy fruit pie fillings to avoid some of the mess of blackberry pie.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2011 9:16 am

    I have an International Harvester Garand! Send me some blackberry seeds and I’ll happily shoot them for you…in a few years!

    • July 24, 2011 9:25 am

      Me too – I like to think it matches my freezer and refrigerator 😉 You would shoot me if these blackberries ever got a strong hold – they are awful!

  2. July 24, 2011 9:46 am

    Great photos! 🙂

  3. July 24, 2011 9:57 am

    We have tree sized containers 🙂

    • July 24, 2011 11:53 am

      It’s probably against the law to send seeds out of noxious weeds! One Green World or Raintree might have a better thornless, less invasive substitute. Just sayin’.

  4. July 25, 2011 3:35 am

    I almost often do one crust pies or generally pandowdies in a cast iron skillet instead. I find them much easier to make, eat & clean up after.

    Love that you’re eating the invasive species. We do the same with garlic mustard around here. I noticed that they’re just starting to put up seeds which means I’m going to try to harvest some to make some mustard. It would be convenient to be able to use the seeds as well in cooking as that would lessen the spread of this invasive species even more.

    • July 25, 2011 6:58 am

      Susy, I like the one crust pies too, for my gluten sensitive hubby, he can have a little so a one crust pie means he can have his pie and eat it too.

      Garlic mustard is the weed in news around here, destroying the fragile natives in the Columbia River Gorge, however it hasn’t made it up here in the headlands yet. My friend harvests it and it is delicious, which is a much better way to tackle it I think. The blackberries do much more damage I think, growing up to 20 feet in one season in some cases.

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