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what to do with LOTS of fruit?

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Created August 12, 2013 at 8:14 PM

So our family is good friends with a local farmer, and recently we received a LOT of fruit as a kind gift. And by a lot I mean 2 crates of peaches, 1 crate of tomatoes, 7 containers of berries, and 1 bushel of apples. Any ideas on what to do with these? With my old diet, I would have made a massive cobbler, but that's not an option anymore for this paleo convert...

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Yes, the almond flour can be high calorie - but in the case of the berries I just use a tablespoon or so on each one for a little crunch. Much less than you would use if you were actually using it as a flour in a baked good! Reservation tomatoes are great, though I don't know anyone outside people who lived in reservations or have mothers/grandmothers that did that make them!

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I've never canned before, but I'm seriously considering now. I was wondering if you could just keep the peaches in their syrup and store it in the fridge, since I don't have one of those huge canning pots to seal the jar. Would it still last a few months?

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thanks for the link!

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Wow the reservation tomatoes idea sounds superb! Good point about the "paleo cobbler," though I'm a little skeptical about using almond meal, which is super high-calorie... Also, thanks everyone for the freezing/canning suggestions! I can't believe I didn't think of the obvious, haha

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Yes, can stuff! Apples, berries and peaches can well (do make sure your acid is sufficient), as do tomato products like salsa.

For the tomatoes that are on the verge of being bad: make reservation tomatoes! Sautee a hot banana pepper in your choice of oil, add peeled very-very-ripe-almost-yucky tomatoes that have been roughly diced and cook down until almost like a gravy. Eat on anything that you want to be delicious.

Berries generally freeze well. You can make "Paleo cobbler / paleo pie" by baking them in a little ramekin (add some honey or whatever if you want). Almond meal or coconut chips on top for a little crunch, whipped cream or coconut cream depending on your plan.

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on August 13, 2013
at 02:02 AM

Wow the reservation tomatoes idea sounds superb! Good point about the "paleo cobbler," though I'm a little skeptical about using almond meal, which is super high-calorie... Also, thanks everyone for the freezing/canning suggestions! I can't believe I didn't think of the obvious, haha

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on August 13, 2013
at 07:38 PM

Yes, the almond flour can be high calorie - but in the case of the berries I just use a tablespoon or so on each one for a little crunch. Much less than you would use if you were actually using it as a flour in a baked good! Reservation tomatoes are great, though I don't know anyone outside people who lived in reservations or have mothers/grandmothers that did that make them!

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on August 12, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Freeze, can and or jam them - which can make for cute fresh gift if you're into cooking. You could also dehydrate them and use some in trailmix.

I usually load up on fresh berries when they're in season and then store them in the freezer or can/jam them. You're so lucky to have been given all that fresh produce as a gift -- n=1 that amount of fresh fruit is never cheap... so score!

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on August 12, 2013
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on August 13, 2013
at 02:04 AM

thanks for the link!

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on August 12, 2013
at 10:07 PM

If it was me I'd spend a week eating it. All of it.

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on August 12, 2013
at 08:19 PM

You can freeze a bunch of it to eat later in the year. Just slice the peaches and put them in zip lock bags and get all the air out. Then pull them out about 3 hours before you want to eat them. Store the apples in a cool location and they will last for a couple months.

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on August 13, 2013
at 04:13 AM

I have some delicious recipes for paleo-cobblers, (mix almond meal flour with grassfed butter or tallow, mush with hands, place fruit in a pan, top with almond meal flour mixture, and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown) or you could make refined sugar free jam/jelly and give them as gifts (they keep well) can the fruits, or you could make tomato sauce out of the tomatoes.

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on August 13, 2013
at 12:58 AM

The apples go into applesauce, and the tomatoes into sauce. Frankly, summer apples are not good, but the sauce will be good. If you have cash, a tomato strainer is a fantastic gadget to have. My 80-yrs old mother processes about 1200 lbs of tomatoes a day with that thing (very large family).

The berries freeze incredibly well. It is best to freeze them in trays, single layer, then dump them in ziploc bags after they are frozen. My wife and I are going blueberry picking Sunday, and we pick for the year, maybe 5 gallons (we have berry combs). It is great to have blueberries in February to mix with yogurt, banana, and nuts.

The peaches, canned and preserved in their syrup, are incredible. My mother also makes those, but best canning is with peaches which are somewhat underripe. I would eat the peaches, atr least those that are ripe. Paleo people should be able to eat 4lbs of fruit a day during summer, your ancestors did that all the time.

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on August 13, 2013
at 02:07 AM

I've never canned before, but I'm seriously considering now. I was wondering if you could just keep the peaches in their syrup and store it in the fridge, since I don't have one of those huge canning pots to seal the jar. Would it still last a few months?

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on August 12, 2013
at 11:25 PM

definitely freeze it! we do that with all the berries we grow during the summer and we have them through the fall.

there are also tons of bars, muffins, and breads recipes out there that would be delectable. my personal use of fruit is always for smoothies. I just love them and they are perfect this time of year.

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on August 12, 2013
at 09:15 PM

Have you tried freezing, drying or canning them??

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