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How do you preserve your fruit for the 'off months'? I have a food dehydrator and I find drying it out makes a great snack all year long. My favorite is using apples. I also make apple sauce which stays good for a little while.
 
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We don't have a lot of fruit grown here in central Texas--grapes, peaches, pears, and if we are lucky, apricots. I can peaches and pears, make jelly out of the native Muscadine grapes, and eat every apricot fresh that I can get my hands on! Apples are grown locally also, but not in the quantity that you can go buy a bushel and start canning apple pie filling and apple sauce. Apple sauce can be frozen--you have to stir it up after it thaws because the liquid tends to separate from the pulp, but after a good stirring, it's really delicious.
We have three apple trees, so young that they are not bearing yet. When they do I'll be out in the orchard snacking!
 
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I love dehydrated apples! They're super delicious.
We freeze a lot of plums, cherries, strawberries and red currants that grow in my parents' garden.
 
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My brother-in-law has a dehydrator which they use to preserve camias - this is a small elongated fruit that is like a succulent which is very sour. It is mostly used in cooking dishes and also a good garnishing for broiled fish. But when dehydrated and flavored with a little sugar, it tastes like dried plum. They used to give us and I loved it. Unfortunately they are now in the US and their camias tree is already gone.
 
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During the summer there are plenty of berries, so I either freeze them or making preserved with them. These fruits I bought from the local fruit and vegetable market, which are very decent in prices. I tried to air dry some thinly slices of sweet potato for my dog, but that didn't work out. I might have to invest in a dehydrator!
 
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I'm thinking of making my own jams :) I might get a dehydrator later on, but that is for much later ;) For now I think I'll just focus on simply freezing the fruits and berries that can be frozen (I plan to go back to drinking smoothies in the mornings).
 
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How do you preserve your fruit for the 'off months'? I have a food dehydrator and I find drying it out makes a great snack all year long. My favorite is using apples. I also make apple sauce which stays good for a little while.
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I'm thinking of making my own jams :) I might get a dehydrator later on, but that is for much later ;) For now I think I'll just focus on simply freezing the fruits and berries that can be frozen (I plan to go back to drinking smoothies in the mornings).
My grandma used to always make jams with her surplus fruit, and they were delicious! Right now I don't have fruit trees growing myself, but if I did I'd definitely be trying to make jams, freeze some, dehydrate some (I love snacking on dried fruit!) and even using quite a bit in baking - don't know if that can be classed as preserving it, but it's a way of using it up!
 
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My grandma used to always make jams with her surplus fruit, and they were delicious! Right now I don't have fruit trees growing myself, but if I did I'd definitely be trying to make jams, freeze some, dehydrate some (I love snacking on dried fruit!) and even using quite a bit in baking - don't know if that can be classed as preserving it, but it's a way of using it up!
Where I live people makes homemade liquor with certain fruits, as well as some nice sweet things, like for example this ''quince cheese'':



It's made with quince, water and sugar. Can be done with any kind of fruit... almost ;)
 
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Where I live people makes homemade liquor with certain fruits, as well as some nice sweet things, like for example this ''quince cheese'':



It's made with quince, water and sugar. Can be done with any kind of fruit... almost ;)
That really looks interesting! Almost jelly-like in texture, is it? I'm curious to perhaps give that a try someday!
 
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That really looks interesting! Almost jelly-like in texture, is it? I'm curious to perhaps give that a try someday!
Yeah, kind of, but much firmer than jelly ;) You can slice it very easily and eat it with some cheese, Spaniards love eating it this way because the cheese helps balance the sweetness. I always buy it, never made it, but can't be so hard to make!
 
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Yeah, kind of, but much firmer than jelly ;) You can slice it very easily and eat it with some cheese, Spaniards love eating it this way because the cheese helps balance the sweetness. I always buy it, never made it, but can't be so hard to make!
Yes, the ingredient list sounded super easy, I guess it's just about getting the quantities of everything right! Sounds like it would be a perfect addition to a cheese platter with some crackers and stuff! Yum!
 
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Yes, the ingredient list sounded super easy, I guess it's just about getting the quantities of everything right! Sounds like it would be a perfect addition to a cheese platter with some crackers and stuff! Yum!
Yeah, I personally love eating those two together, but I guess crackers would make a wonderful addition! Mostly because that salty flavor and the other not so mild flavors (depending on what cheese you use).
 
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Trellum, this quince cheese looks absolutely delicious!!!:love: I love sweet treats like this, especially if they're easy to make and don't contain too many ingredients.
Can it be done with strawberries?
 
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Trellum, this quince cheese looks absolutely delicious!!!:love: I love sweet treats like this, especially if they're easy to make and don't contain too many ingredients.
Can it be done with strawberries?
Oooh, a strawberry version sounds like it would be delicious! I tried to look online but all I could find when typing in "strawberry cheese" was strawberry cheesecake!
 
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Oooh, a strawberry version sounds like it would be delicious! I tried to look online but all I could find when typing in "strawberry cheese" was strawberry cheesecake!
Haha, a strawberry cheescake sounds pretty good too:D And now I'm hungry.
I wish I had fresh strawberries here!:)
 
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Trellum, this quince cheese looks absolutely delicious!!!:love: I love sweet treats like this, especially if they're easy to make and don't contain too many ingredients.
Can it be done with strawberries?
Sure can, Claudine :) I have tried the strawberry one, we buy it from the store and it's very nice as well. I think the process is the same as with the quince cheese: fruit, sugar and water. People where i live make this often, I could ask one of them when I see them :) It's a tradition. Most Spaniards know what ''ate de membrillo'' is ;)
 
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Sure can, Claudine :) I have tried the strawberry one, we buy it from the store and it's very nice as well. I think the process is the same as with the quince cheese: fruit, sugar and water. People where i live make this often, I could ask one of them when I see them :) It's a tradition. Most Spaniards know what ''ate de membrillo'' is ;)
It's a wonderful tradition:) I wish we had it here. There is nothing better than delicious fruit desserts that are easy to make:D Also, if it contains fruit, it can't be completely unhealthy:D
 
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It's a wonderful tradition:) I wish we had it here. There is nothing better than delicious fruit desserts that are easy to make:D Also, if it contains fruit, it can't be completely unhealthy:D
Hi! I found a video that you might find interesting! It's the way how our ''quince cheese is mad'' for other fruits the process is the same:
Sadly it's in Spanish but this video is highly visual :) I think I could see a runaway peach during the washing process in the video xD
 
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Thank you so much for sharing this video!:D I don't speak Spanish, but this recipe sounds really simple and I'll definitely try it out. Do you think I can use frozen strawberries?
 

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