Raspberries in the Kitchen: Recipes

Raspberries are a delectable summer time treat which can be used in desserts, salads and dressings. Berries can be eaten fresh, frozen, or made into jam or juice.

Raspberry Souffle

Raspberries have a very short shelf-life; so the freshest berries should be selected. Make sure the berries are firm and glossy and that there is no sign of mold or wrinkled fruit. After picking or purchasing, raspberries should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within 1 to 2 days. Do not wash raspberries until right before use. Then wash them with a gentle spray of cold water.

To preserve berries longer, freeze them by placing them individually on a cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the freezer until the berries are frozen, then transfer into freezer bags or containers. Alternately, raspberries can be juiced and the juice refrigerated or frozen. The berries can also be dried in the sun or in a food dehydrator for use in trail mix and re-hydrated for use in baking.

Fresh raspberries can be added to cereals, yogurt, fruit salads, or eaten plain. Raspberries are a prime ingredient in many smoothie recipes.

Raspberries are a popular fruit in jam and jelly making. For an easy raspberry jam, slowly bring 4 cups raspberries to a boil and mash with a potato masher. Boil the mashed berries for a full minute and then add 4 cups warm sugar and boil until mixture starts to form a thick gel. Spoon the mixture into sterilized jelly jars and place the jars on a rack in a water bath canner covered with two inches of water. Process the jars for 20 minutes. Remove the jars and allow them to cool for 24 hours on a rack or towel.

Raspberries also make a great fresh salad dressing. Mix pint raspberries, cup mild vegetable oil, 3 tablespoons of red wine or balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 2 tablespoons honey. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in a blender until smooth. Refrigerate unused dressing and shake well before using.

Make a raspberry sauce to top cakes and desserts by mashing them through a fine sieve and adding sugar to the resulting sauce to desired taste. Use this raspberry coulis on to top ice cream, white cake, cheesecake, pudding and custard.

Raspberries can be used in cobbler, either by themselves or mixed with other fruit. Peaches, rhubarb and strawberries make a good compliment for raspberries in pies. Also, try raspberries as a replacement for blueberries in muffins or in pancakes.

Make an English-style raspberry pudding by heating 3 cups fresh raspberries, 1 tablespoon water and 1 and cups sugar in a saucepan, stirring carefully to keep berries intact. Heat just long enough to dissolve the sugar. Press 6 slices of white bread in the bottom of a 1 quart dish and pour the raspberry mixture on the top. Place plastic wrap over the top and press in place. Use another bowl to weigh the mixture down. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and invert the bowl over a serving plate, allowing the formed bread to come out.

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Resources:

Epicurious.com: Old-Fashioned Raspberry Jam
Recipe Tips: All About Raspberries

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