When I was out at Detering Orchards getting some wind-fall peaches, I picked up a flat of marionberries that were on sale. This was a treat because these berries usually sell at a premium. I took them home with my peaches and stuck them in the fridge to process a few days later.
If I had thought I wouldn’t get to them till a lot later, I would have put them in the freezer. Steam juicing frozen fruit in the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer is a fine way to process your fruit–no need to thaw them out.
Below are some simple instructions for steam juicing marionberries in your Mehu-Liisa steam juicer from Finland.
Before I prep the fruit–in this case all I had to do was pick through the berries to remove and dirt, bugs, or rotten fruit–I fill the water pan and put it on the stove to boil. Then I sanitize my lids and rings by boiling them for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes I take the pan off the heat and leave the lids and rings in the water to stay sanitized.
I had a little over 8 pounds of berries. This amount filled the steamer basket half full. I set the basket and kettle on the water pan (which had come to a steady boil, no need for a furious boil) and set my timer for 30 minutes. This reduces the risk of boiling my water pan dry and damaging it.
I don’t process my fruit for more than 45 minutes since that length of processing starts to draw out bitter compounds and heats the juice for too long. I check the water and juice level every 15 minutes or so to be sure the water pan won’t boil dry or that juice won’t leak into the steam funnel down into the water pan.
Berry, juice, and water levels in the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer after 15 minutes.
Berry, juice, and water levels in the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer after 30 minutes.
Berry, juice, and water levels in the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer after 45 minutes. After this, I drew off the juice. I let the spent fruit sit in the juicer for an hour or so to get every last drop of juice. This yielded about 3/4 quart of additional juice.
To draw off juice, open the clamp, drain juice into sanitized jars, and cap with sanitized lids, rings, and bands. Don’t forget to water bath or steam process your juice following USDA guidelines.
The yield for these marionberries was just short of 2 quarts (a full basket would have yielded a gallon most likely). I will be making jelly and syrup in the next few days and will post recipes for that.
I hope you are taking advantage of all the summer’s bounty with your Mehu-Liisa steam juicer from Finland. Leave a comment if you have any questions.