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AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 12, 2009 01:02 PM

Hi all. So in a couple of weeks I will be making a wedding cake for my dear friend. Most of that I have covered, save one small detail - the raspberry filling. I made a small test for her at the beginning of all of this, and she emphatically chose my homemade raspberry filling (frozen raspberries, strained of seeds, thickened on stovetop with cornstarch, sugar and lemon juice) to all others, including jarred seedless raspberry preserves.

After doing lots of wedding cake math, I have discovered I'll have to strain 10 lbs. of frozen raspberries to get enough to fill the whole cake. People - I just do not have that kind of patience!

Does anyone know of a place in the LA area that I can drive to get pre-made raspberry puree (seedless)? I don't care if it's frozen or not. It would save me a TON of work! (Alternately, does anyone have any greatly improved method to do it at home over the usual "push it through a strainer" method?)

Thanks so much!

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  1. The Chowhound Team RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 12, 2009 01:09 PM

    Just a quick note: Please do chime in here to help the poster find a source for raspberry puree, but please take any discussion about preparing the ingredients to the Home Cooking board.

    Thanks.

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      TracyS RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 12, 2009 01:09 PM

      Surfas in Culver City seems like a natural place to try. They have a ton of fruit purees in their freezers, and raspberry seems like it's common enough to stock. Give a call over to check.

      1. goodhealthgourmet RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 12, 2009 01:15 PM

        Surfas was my first thought as well. i did a quick check of their website and couldn't find any, but it's always worth a phone call.
        http://www.surfasonline.com/contact/i...

        you could also contact a few local bakeries to see if anyone is willing to sell you some.

        oh, and in terms of method, a food mill would be much more efficient!

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          AbbeyDoobeyMW RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 12, 2009 03:33 PM

          I've tried Surfas already - they say they have puree, but it's not marked as "seedless." Kind of defeats the purpose...

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            Will Owen RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 12, 2009 04:57 PM

            I could be all wrong here, but I wouldn't expect that they'd need to label a purée as "seedless". Should it not be seedless by definition? I certainly don't consider any food substance to be a purée until it's been through the strainer.

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              AbbeyDoobeyMW RE: Will Owen Aug 12, 2009 06:03 PM

              I'll post back here when I'm done, but it looks like the Les Vergers Boiron line of purees is truly seedless (though probably not marked as such). I found that they sell that line at Nicole's Gourmet Food in South Pasadena. Still have to see if that's the brand they have at Surfas- I'll go there on a trip soon. Thanks for the help!

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                AbbeyDoobeyMW RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 19, 2009 11:57 AM

                For the record - Surfas DOES carry the line of Les Vergers Boiron purees in their frozen case, and they are all seedless. They come in a 1 kilo frozen block (2.2 lbs) and go for about $24 (at least the raspberry does). Thanks for the help - I'm really glad I don't have to strain all of those seeds myself!

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                  Will Owen RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 20, 2009 12:35 PM

                  Good on yer! Just between us, I'd think a bit under $12 for a pound of raspberries that I didn't have to run through the strainer was a total bargain, especially since that's probably equivalent to twice the weight of whole berries. I'll be interested in seeing what Nicole gets for hers, as she tends to be less expensive than Surfas.

          2. LA Buckeye Fan RE: AbbeyDoobeyMW Aug 20, 2009 02:26 PM

            ok...just from reading the title of the thread, I wanted to respond...
            "the kind you find in a second hand store?". I'm glad I didn't. That would have been embarrasing.

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