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Freezer failure - defrosted fruit

zelbee Dec 16, 2008 05:26 PM

Hi Chowhounds,
Our freezer failed, and I now have a ton of defrosted fruit - sour cherries, peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and a few bags of raspberries. I think we'll be getting the canner out this weekend. Any suggestions?

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  1. alkapal RE: zelbee Dec 16, 2008 06:05 PM

    sorry about the unplanned "busy weekend"!

    two ideas: 1. have some cobbler! http://www.chow.com/recipes/13522 i'd use some peaches for that dish, which is warm, delicious, and comforting these chilly days.

    2. add some jalapeno or serrano to some strawberry jam.

    1. greygarious RE: zelbee Dec 16, 2008 06:57 PM

      If you are a pie-maker, cook some of the fruit up, sweetening and thickening as you would if you were making a traditional pie, then freeze it in pie-appropriate amounts. There are recipes for fruit pies which recommend cooking the filling separately from the crust- the bottom crust is partially or fully baked, the filling heated, and then topped with already-baked top crust or a crumb topping.

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