It's blackberry time again! A bit early, but no one's complaining. These grow on the other side of our backyard fence. We went running back to the house for containers as soon as we saw them today. There's a skunk that lives somewhere underneath all the bramble. We've never actually seen it, being a creature of the night, but he's hard to miss if you know what I mean. We step lightly so as not to disturb him -- just in case, humming softly (and nervously) to convey, "we mean no harm--just passing through". Nope. Not even a skunk, poison oak, or those wicked thorns discourage us.
I found out the basket on my salad spinner is a great container to use for picking. When it's half full I can rinse and spin the berries very efficiently. And we are all about efficiency in the kitchen, are we not?
The first few bowls get gobbled up pretty fast. I like mine with a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt. I'll pick more later to make jam when it cools down again. There will also be a blackberry cobbler or two. And hopefully, more of these. And some of these. Yum.