Friday, June 10, 2011

Blueberry Milk


Remember drinking strawberry milk as a kid?

Me too!

Well I searched for a recipe the other day to make your own at home, and was starting to get really disappointed.  A lot of the ones I saw basically just blended milk with strawberries.

If I'm not mistaken, isn't that called a smoothie?

Hmm no thanks. 

But eventually I stumbled upon this recipe at The Kitchn and was mucho excited.

Totally brought me back to my childhood.

I decided to get a little crazy with it, though, and try some different flavors than just strawberry.

I bet you didn't know that blueberries are actually the state fruit of New Jersey?


Apparently, one of the early cultivators of the blueberry was from Jerz.  And blueberries are still grown here, mainly in the Pine Barrens. 

(Along with the Jersey Devil.  Just sayin'.)

FYI - New Jersey is also known as the Garden State due to our agriculture - corn & tomatoes being two of the more popular crops.

Jersey is not just refineries and the Sopranos, people!

Anyway, now that you've learned something and I've properly 'repped' my home state, I'm pretty sure you can use half a cup of whatever berry you want - the traditional strawberry, or raspberries, blackberries, etc.

I actually made strawberry milk too, but mixed it with coconut milk for something different.


Use your imagination! :)

The bonus is that your kids will probably think it's super fun, and they'll never miss the artificial flavoring and boatloads of sugar.

Not to mention the blueberry one is purple and umm... that's just cool.

Blueberry Milk

  • 1/2 C. fresh blueberries (or berries of your choice)
  • 3-4 T. sugar, depending on how sweet you like (I actually used 2 T. Xylitol)
  • 1/2 C. water
  • 1 C. milk

(If you plan on drinking the milk immediately, I would recommend freezing 3 small glasses for a bit first, because the syrup will be warm and warm milk is ... well, yucky).

In a small saucepan, bring water, sugar, and blueberries to a boil over medium heat.  Boil continuously for 5 minutes, then remove from heat.

Strain mixture into a bowl or measuring cup through a fine-mesh sieve, pushing the berries to release all liquid.  (Reserve berries for baking recipes, or mixing into plain yogurt, smoothies, etc!)

Refrigerate syrup until cold (or cool slightly, then remove glasses from freezer).  Set out 3 small glasses on counter, and place 2 T syrup in the bottom of each glass.  Add 1/2 C. cold milk to each, stir, and enjoy!


Recipe adapted from The Kitchn

14 comments:

  1. A good way to feed blueberries and milk to the kids: this looks delicious! Plus, the strawberry milk with coconut sounds very interesting.

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  2. I was a big fan of strawberry milk and even banana at one point when I was growing up. Don't know what happened but now it's plain ol' milk. No fun. I've been missing out. I need to give this a try for Itty Bitty and I. Yummy!

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  3. This is something I should make for my little girl. I detest milk, no matter what flavor, but my daughter and husband would drink a pitcher of this stuff! Thanks for the recipe... The one with coconut milk appeals to me though! Fabulous idea... Thanks! :)

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  4. I would love to have a sip of that right now. Sounds delicious!

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  5. What a fun idea! Sounds like what I need to actually make myself drink milk!

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  6. The strawberry and coconut milk combo sounds divine!

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  7. We are probably a few of the only adults who regularly buy chocolate milk because well, it's just awesome and I dare say, strawberry milk is even better than chocolate. I'm so excited to try this!

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  8. This is so cool! I am loving this idea..I think that my kids will love it too!!!

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  9. Love this! I want to try this with Almond Milk!

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  10. What a fun grown up/kiddie drink.

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  11. Gorgeous! I made strawberry milk recently with a similar method and I'm going to have to try blueberries now because it looks fantastic!

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  12. I DID love strawberry milk as a good, but it definitely was not this healthy! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Im from DE and live in MD (right on the DE boarder) though and have some friends from Cali & England who are moving to NJ soon. (wow that was a long sentence!) BUT! I got so excited telling them the produce from NJ. They weren't exactly convinced, but Im sure once they move there they will love it.
    Just like this milk - I can't wait to try!!!

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  14. Hahahahaaa too funny! Most people that are not from Jersey aren't too psyched at the prospect of moving here!! But promise them from me that it's not nearly as bad as they've heard ;)

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