[Market-farming] Blackberry Storage
mf at austinfarm.org
Sun Feb 20 10:42:37 EST 2005
On Sun, Feb 20, 2005 at 09:06:53AM -0600, TxBeeFarmer wrote:
> Yep, I have Apache and Arapaho? Sounds like a juicer or freeze dehydrator
> might be a good investment. Do you juice or dehydrate? If you do, any
> suggestions as to which ones to buy? Saw a steam juicer on the web. Any
> thoughts about those?
The Apaches and/or Arapahos MIGHT make it from one market to the next.
I don't have time in the berry season to do much processing on them. I
did get a processor to make me some jelly; I THINK they used a steam
juicer. I froze my berries whole until I could get them to the
processor. I rented freezer space; if you could get them juiced, a
home freezer might be practical. BUT, you would probably need a
commercial kitchen to legally use the juicer. I should say, sell
the product that went through the juicer.
I have a (small) Excalibur dehydrator that I've used on figs,
tomatoes, onions, peppers, broccoli, basil. Haven't tried
blackberries, though. Neighbors have made blackberry fruit leather in
a dehydrator; it is of little value, IMHO. In my estimations, a "home"
dehydrator will take a day to do only 2-3 gallons of berries.
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