Huckleberry Gourmet Foods Archive

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted May 26, 2016 By sandy

One of my favorite ways to enjoy huckleberries is in barbecue sauce.

If you have never had Huckleberry BBQ sauce, you are missing a wonderful combination of sweet and savory sauces for beef, pork or chicken.

First time I had huckleberry barbecue sauce was in a meatball dish.  The gal cooked the meatballs ahead of time; then added them with a bottle of sauce into a crockpot and cooked it awhile longer.  Oh my goodness, it was delicious!

Most Huckleberry BBQ Sauces make great dipping sauces for chips, veggies or meat strips; as a marinade sauce (or with meatballs!); in baked beans or lentils; on your homemade pizzas; as a spread for your cold meat sandwiches; mixed in your specialty salads; in soup or stew or chili …. and I have mixed huckleberry barbecue sauce into vegetables as a sweet sour style flavor.

Several different Huckleberry Barbecue sauces are produced around the Rocky Mountain region — where most huckleberries are harvested.

Here are some of my favorites:

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce:  Made in the Sandpoint, Idaho area, this is my very favorite sauce (and the one used in the meatball dish described above).  This thick style sauce is very flavorful with a mix of tomato sauces, pastes and purees along with huckleberries, blueberries, brown sugar, vinegar, onion and spices.

Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

 

Dorothy’s Wild Huckleberry BBQ Sauce Marinade:  A thinner sauce, made in the Boise, Idaho area, is great for marinading your meats and fish before you cook.  This sauce contains many of the same ingredients along with chile and onion powder, paprika, molasses and grilling flavor.

 

HB BBQ

Huckleberry Haven Huckleberry BBQ Sauce from our friends, over the border in Montana.

 

 

 

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Huckleberry Gourmet Foods

Posted December 3, 2015 By sandy

I know that huckleberry season is over and because of the heat and fires, the 2015 season was not a good year for huckleberries.

But that does not mean you can’t enjoy your favorite huckleberry gourmet foods and  treats!

Huckleberry gourmet foods

Our sister site, Tastes of Idaho, is filled with huckleberry products!  And we are not just talking about jams and syrup, but we have loads of other fun huckleberry products such as ….

Huckleberry PopcornMountain Duo

Huckleberry Chocolate Bars

Huckleberry Pancake Mix

Huckleberry Honey Bears

Huckleberry Cordials

Huckleberry Taffy

Huckleberry Mountain Duo Gift Packs

…. and oodles and oodles of huckleberry products!!

Check out our entire selection of huckleberry products!

Tastes of Idaho also offers a “Build Your Own Gift Basket” option!  Just choose from tIdaho Basket 10he dozens of huckleberry products, pick out a basket (several to chose from) and shred (8 color options), and have it shipped to anyone on your Christmas list.  We include a finished basket, shrink wrapped with a card and bow and shipped to anyone in the US!

We do all the work for you!

Check out the Build Your Own Huckleberry Basket option!

Make this a memorable Huckleberry Christmas!

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Huckleberry Products for your Event?

Posted October 15, 2015 By sandy

During the fall and winter, Tastes of Idaho, our sister site, does a booming business in special orders for the event industry.

Inquiries come from people holding a holiday event, organizing an workshop or meeting, sending customer gifts…. even planning family reunions… They want to get some huckleberry products, favors, gifts for welcome packets, or just create fun memories… and what better way to do it, than with tasteful and tasty goodies?

With our connections to the huckleberry and Idaho gourmet food industries, we can often put together a special bulk order, even with products we don’t show on our website.

Huckleberry Products for your event

Popular items include lip balms (several flavors, including our top selling huckleberry), 2 oz or 4 oz huckleberry jams, SOAPS in a wide variety of scents and configurations, popcorn, honey, and all kinds of confections.

Oh, and did I mention custom labels are available on many items?? Not every product is available this way with your own logo, company name, or event particulars. But depending on volume, and a small graphics charge, you would be surprised what we can come up with!

Put your special holiday (or other event) date and information on your own private label, as a memory maker. Consider the impact of your company name on a huckleberry goodie that will REALLY stand out at a trade show or conference.

Oh, and depending on volume, we can often do a 15% or more discount over regular retail prices!

Give us a holler, and let us do come concierge shopping for you.

Do remember that logistics for these larger orders do require a bit of extra time, ESPECIALLY if you want a custom label.

Last year, we shipped out thousands of cool huckleberry items, including jams, lip balms, soaps, and candy for wedding favors, customer gifts, and conference welcome packs.

Are you associated with an upcoming conference or other event in the near future, that I can help you make even more memorable??

Give me a quick call, and let’s see what we can find and create for you!

Sandy & Malcolm Dell
Tastes of Idaho
888-231-1699

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Huckleberry Sweet and Sour Sauce Recipe

Posted March 17, 2015 By sandy

Looking for a new unique huckleberry dish to create NOW, before huckleberry season?

Our huckleberry vinegar, featured on our Tastes of Idaho website, has many delicious purposes, other than use in salads, in cooking your favorite sweet and sour dish.

Check out the Wildbeary recipe below:

Huckleberry Sweet & Sour Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 C Wildbeary Huckleberry Vinegar
  • 1/8 C cider vinegar
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 T Tabasco sauce
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste: (recommended is ½ tsp of each)

Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients together and use.
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WBP HB vinegar

You can find Wildbeary Huckleberry Vinegar on our Tastes of Idaho website.

Enjoy your huckleberry sweet and sour sauce!

 

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Huckleberries in North Idaho

Posted February 5, 2015 By sandy

Looking for huckleberries in north Idaho?

Coeur d Alene is a famous resort town, known for its fine dining, beautiful lake Coeur d Alene and it’s beaches, and HUCKLEBERRIES!

 

But, of course, you won’t find any huckleberries to pick this time of the year!  But, the Guide to North Idaho has a listing of wonderful places to experience huckleberries!

 

If you’re not inclined to compete with the bears and birds for Idaho’s official state fruit, there are multiple other ways to enjoy huckleberries:

  • Baskin Robbins in Coeur d’Alene features dozens of toppings including fresh huckleberries.
  • Paul Bunyon Burgers has been a local favorite since 1952. What do the locals love about Paul Bunyon in the summertime? Huckleberry milkshakes!
  • Sargent’s on Government Way in Hayden not only serves up the best steaks in town, but also the best huckleberry pie!
  • Huckleberry topped salads and cheesecake are a must try at 315 Martinis, Tapas and Dinner at the Greenbriar Inn.

Huckleberries are the star each August when the Huckleberry / Heritage Festival takes place in Wallace the 3rd weekend. Besides a bake-off and Huckleberry pancake breakfast, vendors have huckleberry goods along with other arts and crafts. There’s also live music, a fun run, downtown bicycle race and a bicycle hillclimb to the top of Dobson Pass.

If you are inclined to visit Coeur d Alene to pick huckleberries …

By mid-June, berries on south facing lower slopes are ripe. Good picking is as late as October on north slopes. Abundant huckleberry picking spots are available throughout North Idaho. Best picking is between late July and early August. Visit parksandrecreation.idaho.gov or contact the Priest Lake Ranger District, (208)443-2512  www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/priestlake

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Want Huckleberry Products?

Posted November 13, 2014 By sandy

Just wanted to post a note about our annual 10% off pre-Christmas sale on Tastes of Idaho website — running November 16 to November 19, Sunday through Wednesday.

Huckleberry products

If you are looking for special huckleberry gifts for your friends and/or family,  this is the place to see the one of the largest online selection of  huckleberry products.

Note that we are happy to DELAY shipments to your friends and family … just be sure to make a note in the comments upon completion of your order. Otherwise, we usually send in 1 to 3 business days, depending on sales volume.

Tastes of Idaho

Remember:  Sales starts this Sunday and runs until Wednesday!

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Huckleberry BBQ Sauce

Posted June 28, 2014 By sandy

Barbecue season is here!

How about surprising your family and friends, with something to try out on the barbie grill?

At Tastes of Idaho, we carry the ORIGINAL (and still the best) huckleberry BBQ sauce from Gem Berry Products. A beefy 16 oz bottle, that pours well, and is great on salmon, chicken, pork, beef or wild game! A slightly sweet, savory sauce with bits of REAL huckleberry dotted about.

Huckleberry BBQ sauce is a tasty dressing laced with whole huckleberries and blueberries anHuckleberry BBQ Sauced hand-made in small batches to enhance the natural flavor of this wild mountain fruit.

Labeled attractively in 16 oz. glass bottles, this BBQ sauce has the ambiance of a sweet and sour tomato based sauce that, in my opinion, is to die for!!

First time I tasted it was in a meatball dish and it was heavenly!

Uses of Huckleberry BBQ Sauce
*Glaze for poultry, fish, pork or beef dishes
*Dipping sauce
*Add flavor to any tomato based dishes
*Any applications where you would use BBQ Sauce

Here is what some of our customers have said about Gem Berry’s Huckleberry BBQ Sauce”

“We purchased a bottle of your Huckleberry BBQ sauce and we just loved it. The only problem is, I can’t remember where I bought it … We really need some ribs with your sauce on them!! We took a ton of ribs to a neighborhood block party that had your sauce on them. They were a hit. Our neighbors want to buy your sauce also.”
P. Bulkley from Spokane, Washington

Check out the Huck Barbecue sauce here! And while you are there, check out all the other wonderful huckleberry products at Tastes of Idaho

 

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Harvey, the Huckleberry, Speaks Out on Abuse

Posted March 26, 2014 By sandy

Hi, my name is Harvey. I’m a wild huckleberry.

This is my story.

I was raised, with my siblings, in the beautiful, for­ested mountains of rural Idaho, Huckleberry bushmuch like where you probably live.

Sure, we were not the largest huckleberries on the hill — maybe not even the sweetest — but we lived in harmony with the mosquitoes, and occasionally shared a meal with a black bear or jay.

One day, when I was a teenager, and nearing the prime of my life, a group of purple-fingered bandits came through our community patch, and kidnapped us — my entire family, and ALL of my kinfolk! I think only my sister Henrietta was spared, by jumping from a fumble-fingered bandit, then hiding in the grass.

We were then dumped, unceremoniously, into a large, stifling box, moved by car to a holding facility, and nearly drowned in ice water, where we were stripped of our green, leafy wardrobe. Then they threw us into tiny cells in a facility with NO HEATING or oxygen! I choked and shivered for DAYS.

Then they started coming to get us… slowly at first, then in buckets.

The first tale of abuse, came from smothering in bat­ter, and dropping onto hot oil, while those heartless bandits laughed and cheered in anticipation of our de­mise.

Then, victims were rolled in sweet white sand, and BOILED, before dislocation to glass cells. Others were forced to desegregate, and share living quarters with granola, flour, popcorn, apples, jalapenos, honey, ginger, poppyseeds, fruit juices, and even… our poor tasteless cousin, the blueberry! Gasp!

Some of my closest cousins were boiled in acid, and labeled as lemonade or dressing. Many of us were pulverized, and smashed into confections. I still have nightmares of those grinning little bug-eyed bandits with purple slobber drooling off their chins, while chew­ing on my friends, and making horrifying “ummm” sounds.

On my dad’s side of the family, many were suffo­cated in various colors of chocolate, and wrapped in a cold, aluminum blankets. Some were CAFFEINATED, in tea or coffee, and forced to lay awake for weeks.

This can’t continue… I MUST find a way to escape.

Oh no… MY CELL is moving now. Maybe this is it, my time to get away. Yes, we are heading toward the door. The bandit is leaning over and unzipping our cell, YES… but wait, no – what is that boiling liquid? I’m falling—

Oh, oh! Looks like Harvey got himself into a jam. (Excuse the pun.) Hopefully, he will not be back, to share his tale of abuse in someone’s digestive tract.

In the meantime, TASTES OF IDAHO – where all the huckleberry goodies Harvey mentioned can be found – would like to re-assure you that, in spite of the allegations, Harvey and his family were treated humanely. All berries used in prod­ucts at TASTES OF IDAHO are certified natural, free range, fair trade, cage free, no spray, sus­tainably harvested, no animal testing (except for bears), and healthy (as long as you don’t read the ingredients labels!)

To enjoy the further adventures of Harvey, please stop by our store www.TastesofIdaho.com and turn wild huckleberries into a key part of your gift giving and get-togethers. After all, wild huckleberries are the IDAHO STATE FRUIT. Don’t get to Christmas without huckleberries in your holiday!

 

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Huckleberry Lemonade Featured in People Magazine

Posted December 6, 2013 By sandy

A huckleberry lemonade product, manufactured by Gem Berry Products of Sandpoint, Idaho is featured in the “Entertaining Special’ holiday issue of “People” Magazine, on newsstands now through Christmas (2013).

harry1 Harry Menser, 82, and co-owner of Gem Berry, announces that their eight-year-old “Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate” was selected as the sole Idaho representative for ‘People magazine’s — Food Gifts from Every State” feature article, on page 70.

According to Menser, a retired University of Idaho horticulturist, “People” magazine contacted the company via their GemBerry.com website in September, asked for samples, and approved the Gem Berry entry in October.

He added, that “the concentrate is made of pure wild huckleberry juice squeezed from Idaho huckleberries in small batches; then combined with 100% pure lemon juice, and sweeteners”.

The product comes in a 12-ounce “wine-shaped” bottle, with a colorful label, featuring a graphic of a bush with rich purple berries and a lemon. Combined with a gold shrink band, and decorative hang tag, the presentation is “striking”, Menser said, and is “very popular for holiday parties or gift giving”.

According to the label, users of the tangy, sweet beverage may dilute with two parts water to one part product.Huckleberry lemonade concentrate

However, “most people tell us that 3 to 1 – water to concentrate – works even better”, Menser said.

Common uses for the huckleberry lemonade include just using it as a drink – per label instructions – or as part of a holiday punch with ice cream and sparkling cider. A large number of people also use it as a unique and delicious mixer for spirits, he added.

The huckleberry lemonade was the last recipe – in a long line – designed by Elizabeth O’Brien before her passing in 2004. Elizabeth and her husband Jack, were also founding owners of Gem Berry, in partnership with Menser and his late wife, Betty. Harry is the sole remaining member of the original foursome.

Gem Berry is still owned half by Menser, and half by the O’Brien estate.

Jack and Elizabeth O’Brien’s daughter, Mary, now runs the processing operation for Gem Berry.

Gem Berry, founded in 1993 (20 years ago) sells wild huckleberry, red raspberry, and wild blueberry products both at retail, and wholesale to retail stores and food service.

Huckleberry products, including jam, syrup, sugar free spread, honey, barbecue sauce, cordials, and taffy, are their biggest sellers.

Gem Berry is located at the Bonner Business Center (BBC) and was a charter client of the BBC Kitchen in 1993.

Products may be purchased online at http://www.GemBerry.com or by calling Sandy in customer service at (888) 231-1699.

 

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Huckleberry picking season is over (the snow is already flying in north Idaho!  *sigh*).    But I know there are lots of you who wanted huckleberries, but didn’t get any this year!  Don’t despair as I have an alternative for you!

Tastes of Idaho has received a large inventory of huckleberry products — and will continue to add more products to the website over the next weeks.  If you have never tried ‘commercial’ huckleberry products (most products on the site are handmade, in small batches,  the ole’ fashion way), you will be pleasantly surprised at how good they really are!!  And as the website name implies, all the products listed (including a few non-huckleberry items) are made in Idaho!

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Tastes of Idaho carries some very unique huckleberry products such as:

Of course, we also carry a variety of  huckleberry jams and syrups.  And more products, like huckleberry pancake and dessert mixes, will be arriving soon.

If you love huckleberries and would like to give some products as gifts, you can order a “Build Your Own Huckleberry Basket”!  Pick you favorite items, add a basket and shred, and your gift can be shipped to anyone in the US!  What more can you ask for?

NOTE:  I will be sending out another post when the rest of the products arrive in the warehouse!

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