[NAFEX] Gooseberry question

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Wed May 30 14:03:09 EDT 2007


That's what I do, too -- clean gooseberries and currants while I'm
watching TV.  Other folks knit or do needlework.  -- Sam

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Sadler
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:59 AM
To: 'North American Fruit Explorers'
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Gooseberry question


Pick them off.  Anybody out there know a quick method?  It's one of
those time-consuming food chores people don't have the time or
inclination to do anymore, like shucking peas.  Now you don't find
shelling peas at all at most groceries; even high-end restaurants use
frozen.  Such tasks as pea-shelling and gooseberry-stemming I think of
as ones best done with the aid of a porch, grandmother, and younger
siblings.  You sit, talk, watch the day, and stem the gooseberries (peel
the potatoes, slip the skins off the favas).  In the absence of
grandmothers, or willing children, I'm afraid when I do these tasks
alone I listen to the radio or watch tv to help pass the time.  When I
had a restaurant, I handed such tasks off, but not always
- that's another place where painstaking prep is part of the culture.

~ STephen

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jim Fruth
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:12 AM
To: NAFEX
Subject: [NAFEX] Gooseberry question

    When picked, my gooseberries retain a slight bit of their stem and
their

dried blossom.  When you make gooseberry jam, do you leave the stem and 
blossom or do you painstakingly pick off each dried blossom and stem end

from each berry?

Jim Fruth
Brambleberry Farm
Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
For jams, jellies & syrups:
www.bberryfarm.com
(218)568-8483 [Store]
(218)831-7018 [My Cell] 

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