Sunday, July 26, 2015

OMGoodness! The Very Best Blueberry Juice Ever!

My life has been changed! Seriously, the difference from how I was making blueberry juice before and using a juicer/steamer is like night & day. 
In July 2015 I got to make blueberry juice with a juicer/steamer for the first time. First, I am always looking at equipment that functions without electricity. A juicer/steamer may appear to be a fairly high priced piece of equipment but in my opinion the return value is very high.
This week I did blueberry juice, since I have a lot of blueberries. But basically you may use this to steam many fruit and vegetables, a much needed source of nutrition and a way to use excess produce at the end of the growing season. I think about those days when the S may HTF and seriously will be thankful I have this tool.
Also those who like to make jelly this is a highly efficient method of extracting various juices for making jellies. Mr. Perky may be doing this later this year.

Next the product description from Amazon: "With a 11-quart capacity, this juicer steamer offers plenty of room for high-volume juicing, Simply add fresh fruit in the top container, fill the bottom container with water, and bring to a boil on the stove top. The resulting steam gently extracts the juice, which drips into the center pan where it can be collected from the surgical-quality tube. Drink the vitamin-rich juice fresh, or save it for making jelly or syrup. Without the center pan and tube, the juicer steamer can also be used to steam vegetables on the stove top. Ruggedly built, the juicer steamer features gleaming stainless-steel construction with a bottom that consists of a layer of aluminum sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel for fast, even heat distribution. Side loop handles on each of the three vessels help ensure safe, secure transport, and its secure-fitting lid with a loop handle helps keep in heat, moisture, and nutrients. Instructions and a recipe book come included."
This is what it looks like:
     







Here is how simple it is: set the base on the stove, added water, placed the collection pan & strainer basket on top. Note the hose is clamped to the top part of the juicer. Then added 2 gallons (16 pints) of blueberries inside. Next we added to lid.



Then heat the steamer to a gentle boil. The book said to boil for 60 minutes.  














This part is a little tricky, but take your time and you will be fine. You unclamp the hose (using hotpads and a bowl, because the liquid is VERY hot) and allow the juice to pour into a canning jar. When the jar is full add a clean new lid and ring. 



Then we used a boiling water bath, with a rack (25 mins) to seal the canning jars.


TIP: There is not a lot of flavor in the leftover mush. I package it up for my chickens, it's one of their favorite treats. Also you could simply add it to your compost container. I have to tell this juice is amazing! It's perfect for getting great juice for making jelly. There is a lot of other things you are able to do with the juicer/steamer including blanching vegetables. I am so happy I found out how easy this was to do. 




            



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5 comments:

  1. nevermind perky im just not awake yet lol thanks hun

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  2. You can also use the left over fruit for fruit leather or fruit cheese. They are fantastic.

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  3. You can also use the left over fruit for fruit leather or fruit cheese. They are fantastic.

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