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Gluts of fruit: leather, cordial and ingenuity

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When you’ve got an allotment it’s probably best if you like the produce, know what to do with it and like the resulting concoctions.


I guess that sounds like a crazy statement
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Why would you grow stuff you don’t like?

Well it’s not that you don’t like it. It’s having the enthusiasm to use it.

For some Gardeners there’s an overwhelming abundance (glut) of specific things as their produce gets going. We avoid that by growing a huge variety of stuff so we don’t get too much of one thing.

But

We still need a produce focussed mindset. It would be easy to just get takeaway after a long day weeding.

That’s a confession I suppose.

When reading the interworld it’s easy to imagine that Gardeners are all amazing cooks, jam makers and preservers. Yet these are additional skills that need time to develop too.

And you need the inclination!

There’s also a need for knowledge. When faced with a bag of rhubarb, you need to decide what to do with it. You may find that you don’t like what you set out to make.

Since we started plotting we have developed some of the skill.

Jams obvious. I’ve shared some of the tips and tricks we’ve gained from that.

Crumble is another stalwart and a great fall back.

Then I started to evaluate what we actually wanted to eat. Curiously that’s something that can be forgotten.

That led to me experimenting with cordials and juices as it’s good to cut done on things that we would normally but if we can get a free, additive free replacement.

So we also make fruit leather now too.

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Today I had

200g chopped rhubarb
150g strawberries
300g sugar

I found a great recipe on Tish Farrell’s blog here

So please head over there to check it out.

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When is strained the fruit I tasted the sieves remains.

It was nice!

Last year I bought a dehydrator for about €24.00, that’s a bargain. It’s not fancy but I don’t need it a lot.

I’ve used it for garden fruits, pineapple, apple sliced and ‘sundried tomatoes.’

You can also dry things in the oven instead.

I spread the rhubarb pulp on grease proof paper that I’d cut to size. Then add the lid, put it somewhere that the noise won’t matter and switch on for a couple of hours.

It’s basically a hair dryer in a set of trays.

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Here’s the red currant fruit leather I did yesterday.

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22 comments on “Gluts of fruit: leather, cordial and ingenuity

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    June 21, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post Liz thank you for sharing must a dehydrator now have a blessed weekend

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  2. litadoolan
    June 21, 2014

    Thanks for this great tip for using up my redcurrants! I love Rhubarb crumble, such a comfort food to enjoy. Excited to have a go at this.

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    • lizard100
      June 21, 2014

      It’s great stuff! The rhubarb and strawberry cordial is delicious too.

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      • litadoolan
        June 21, 2014

        Together or separate ? I hadn’t thought of this. What a lovely combination!

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      • lizard100
        June 21, 2014

        Together! They both bring something good.

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      • litadoolan
        July 8, 2014

        Good call! I love the magic of unusual combinations!

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      • lizard100
        July 8, 2014

        They really work. And I’m not normally a big rhubarb fan!

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      • litadoolan
        July 8, 2014

        Same here. It’s either too too sharp (ow!!) or has lost all it’s flavour through cooking and ends up mush lol! But it’s such a beautiful colour great to know there is a new possibility! 😉

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      • lizard100
        July 8, 2014

        It is pretty to look at!

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  3. Expat Eye
    June 21, 2014

    Mmm, make me a rhubarb crumble and I’m yours forever 😉

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  4. bcparkison
    June 21, 2014

    Yea for summer time harvest. Now if it wasn’t so hot….

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  5. thebikinggardener
    June 21, 2014

    that’s a really good idea. I have been thinking about making fruit leather for ages – this might be the encouragement I need. I am sure I could dry it in the oven on a low temp.

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    • lizard100
      June 21, 2014

      Definitely. We dried tomatoes in the oven. Lowest temperature you can manage. It takes a while. But I hate throwing the pulp away so it’s been great and the rhubarb strawberry one was really good.

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      • thebikinggardener
        June 21, 2014

        Its a classic combination and I bet the cordial is nice too! I enjoyed your posts and will be back for more! Well done 🙂

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      • lizard100
        June 21, 2014

        Thanks very much. I’m checking out your blog too.

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      • thebikinggardener
        June 21, 2014

        Thank you! I have no excuse now! I will have to go and pick some rhubarb – and no excuse not to since its the longest day today and still light!

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      • lizard100
        June 21, 2014

        Do it!

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  6. Rambling Woods
    June 22, 2014

    Great idea!

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