That is a full ten quarts of frozen blueberries in the steamer basket of the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer. I could easily have fit another couple of quarts in there, and the domed lid would have covered the fruit nicely. After a few minutes of processing, the berries start to dramatically reduce as the juice runs out of the fruit. Here’s how I got 4.5 quarts of rich, tasty juice from this basket of goodness.
First I sanitize my jars, lids, and rings. Then I get my water pan up to boil.
Next, I fetch my blueberries from the freezer, fill the steam basket with them, assemble the Mehu-Liisa on top of the water pan and set my timer for 30 minutes. I won’t need to go much past 30 minutes with frozen berries. They tend to give up their juice quicker than fresh berries. Setting the timer avoids burned water pans!
As I mentioned earlier, the fruit really deflates during processing. This first pair of images is of the fruit and juice levels after only 15 minutes.
Here are the fruit and juice levels after 30 minutes. Time to draw that juice off!
I attach the lids and the juice is ready for water-bath or steam-process canning.
All this in less than an hour in the kitchen. No fuss, no mess. A great way to brighten up a dreary winter day! Now I will make some syrup and jelly.
Please let me know if you have any questions, tips, or suggestions. Have fun!