blueberry sauce

i tend to overly-cherish the summer goodies stored in my freezer to the point of never wanting to use them because i fear the day i run out of them before summer returns. i've been slowly dwindling my supplies of strawberry freezer jam and blueberries i froze after hours of picking berries last summer in carnation. but it is january! and i have yet to make it through half of my blueberries! what better time to enjoy a perfectly sweet summer berry than in the middle of winter? something had to happen... blueberry sauce!

so simple and so good:
4 cups frozen blueberries
2/3 cup water
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 - 1/2 cup mesquite honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla paste
zest and juice of 1 lemon
pinch salt

heat water in a large pot and dissolve cornstarch and honey into the water. pour in your blue berries and cover with top to let them thaw out at a medium temperature. once blue berries are thawed, mix in vanilla, lemon juice and zest, and salt. simmer at medium heat, stirring occasionally until mixture thickens. adjust sweetness to taste with honey. i like mine tart (1/4 cup honey). let cool completely and then store in jars in the fridge. or freeze the sauce for a later date!

i apologize if i am only taunting you with the idea of fresh blue berries. save this recipe for summer and try it out when the berries are in season!!