Smoked Pork Ribs with Mehu-Liisa Steamed Grape Juice Serrano Sauce

Mehu-Liisa steamed grape juice serrano sauce on pork ribs.

Here’s another pork recipe using juice from the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer. This time it’s grape juice and smoked pork ribs. I threw in some roasted serranos from the garden for that nice green chili taste. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Plum Butter from Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer Pulp

A while back, after processing some super sweet and juicy Santa Rosa plums (picked from a rogue tree in our neighborhood) in my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer, I used the leftover pulp to make plum butter in my slow cooker. What a truly low-input, high quality process! The end product was beyond my expectations in flavor and texture. You can use Italian plums as well in this recipe. Here’s what I did: Continue reading

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Steam Juicing Grapes with the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer

Processing grapes with the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer

I planned to juice grapes this weekend in my Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer from Finland and called around to find some fruit. Its hard to find Concord and Niagara grapes–the varieties I grew up with out in the Finger Lakes of New York–out here in Oregon. Lucky for us there are many local wineries where a guy like me can buy some grapes. I took a drive out to beautiful Crow to pick 40 lbs of grapes at Stanton Vineyard.

Charlie, the owner, helped me pick 20 lbs each of pinot gris and pinot noir grapes. The bunches were so tight and full of vigor. Very different than the classic loose-hanging, V-shaped concord clusters.

Back home, I set up an outdoor processing kitchen to enjoy the beautiful weather.

Using to Mehu-Liisa to steam grapes Using to Mehu-Liisa to steam grapes

I set my water pans on the camp stove with the lids on (timers in place!) to boil while I prepped the fruit. Propane stoves like this one burn very hot so it is extremely important to keep an eye on the water level of your water pan. Timers are essential.

Using to Mehu-Liisa to steam grapes Using to Mehu-Liisa to steam grapes Juicing grapes with the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer.

After I assembled the juicers, I set the timers for 30 minutes. At that time I may add water.

Mehu-Liisa steam juicer showing grapes after 15 mins. Mehu-Liisa steam juicer showing grapes after 30 mins. Mehu-Liisa steam juicer showing grapes after 45 mins.

Grape juice in the Mehu-Liisa juice kettle after 15 mins. Grape juice in the Mehu-Liisa juice kettle after 30 mins. Grape juice in the Mehu-Liisa juice kettle after 45 mins.

Mehu-Liisa water pan showing water level. 15 mins Mehu-Liisa water pan showing water level. 30 mins Mehu-Liisa water pan showing water level. 45 mins

Above are photos of the grape level in the basket, juice level in the kettle, and water level in the water pan at 15 minute intervals: 15 – 30 – 45. By keeping a close eye on the burners, I was able to fill the water pans once for a 60 minute processing time.

Grape juice from the Mehu-Liisa being capped. Grape juice from the Mehu-Liisa. Three gallons.

I boiled my canning lids (I use Tattler reusable lids), filled the mason jars with the hot juice, and put the lids on the quart jars. After letting the grape pulp sit in the juicers till it was cool, I got another half-gallon of juice. So, for 40 lbs of grapes I got 1 quart shy of 4 gallons. This juice is silky and sweet, with rich, complex flavor unlike the sometimes strident concord flavor. I will be drinking it with seltzer (50 – 50 mix) throughout the year.

Grapes and the Mehu-Liisa are a match made in heaven. I hope you have a chance to use yours this fall during the grape harvest. Let me know if you have any questions.

Take care,

Daniel

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Steam Juicing Plums with the Mehu-Liisa Steam Juicer

Steamer basket full of plums.

We are lucky to have volunteer plum trees all around our neighborhood here in Eugene that supply us with tasty fruit from midsummer through fall. The plums tend to be small but very sweet and richly flavored. Perfect for juicing. I processed a batch a few weeks ago using my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer. Here’s how I did it:

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Peach Juice Braised Pork

Peach juice from the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer simmering pork

Pork braised in peach juice from the Mehu-Liisa steam juicer.

Last night I was thinking about pork. I love pork. I especially love fatty pork like shoulder roasts and steaks. I decided to oven braise a 1 pound pork steak I bought at the farmers’ market from Biancalana Pork Growers.

A trip to the garden yielded garlic, rosemary, oregano, cherry tomatoes, and serrano peppers. Perfect. In the fridge and cupboard I had white onions, maitake mushrooms, and fresh peach juice that I had processed with my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer.

I had the ingredients for a succulent braised pork dish. I was happy. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading

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