not quite ready for prime time fruit

sj_raw

After the winter has finally gone (or not; it was cold last week), spring and summer fruit appear and I’m always tempted to over-buy (especially when it’s on sale) despite knowing that it’s not going to be awesome. These strawberries were a case in point. They looked fabulous, they were 3 quarts/$5… and they were very disappointing. They did not smell of strawberries, I realized on the way home. They smelled almost off. But they weren’t off. They weren’t sweet, but they weren’t off. And so I ate some (and fed some to others with cream) and boiled down the rest. Eventually, I will learn that hothouse strawberries are not real strawberries.

sj_mid

All that’s here is strawberries, some orange juice concentrate, and some sugar.

sj_jar

Which was simmered down to this.

strawberry_toast

And is being put to good use.

 

The strawberries were definitely a case of ‘ooh, summer.’ But I will buy cherries at any point of the year so long as they are under $4/lb (which they are in Queens, but not in Manhattan). The current bowl in the fridge is being depleted at an embarrassingly rapid rate. Its predecessor, sadly, was unimpressive and I ended up cooking it. I was going to make a clafouti for Shavuos, but the oven was being balky again, so I did not.

cherries_pot

I threw in some cranberries for the pectin, since my initial thought was to make jam. But then I realized that I should have cut up the cherries for that, instead of just pitted whole fruits, and so the cranberries just ended up being for tartness and a little thickening.

cherries_juice

I opted not to boil it down unto death, just settling for loose-and-thick and not jammy.

cherries_done

Which I clearly achieved.

cherries_yogurt

The yogurt is a funny color because it’s got wheat germ and cinnamon in it.

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One thought on “not quite ready for prime time fruit

  1. Traditionally the early fruit has been made into some form of preserve; the quite high acid content helping to retard spoilage. Also, what is one to do with berries more sour than the average lemon?

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