Growing up in Missouri, gooseberries were not very common. So, I was introduced to this little green fruit 29 years ago. It is not my favourite fruit. They are hard to pick and quite fiddly by the time you top and tail them. If you want to put them in a fool, I was instructed by mother-in-law to put them through a sieve. This is another fiddly process which produces a lot of waste. So, this year I am excited to explore the possibilities with my Optimum 9400.
My exploration usually includes a comparison. So, I decided to prepare 500 grams of gooseberries in the traditional method through a sieve and the Optimum way of just chucking it all in and see what happens!
500 grams of gooseberries topped and tailed plus 200 grams of sugar. Cook on medium heat until gooseberries are softened and with the skins split. It is not really necessary to top and tail if putting through a sieve.
The result after sieving was ¾ pint of a fairly clear juice. Out of the 500 grams of gooseberries and 200 grams of sugar, about 130 grams of pulp and waste was produced.
The Optimum 9400 contains 500 grams of gooseberries and 200 grams of sugar. Process the ingredients on a high speed for 5 minutes.
The result is 1 pints of a smooth very green mixture. It was not clear like the traditional method. One can assume that the colour is due to the skins and seeds being liquidised into the mixture. This does in fact affect the taste and one could assume that it also maintains more of its nutritional value.
In our household we traditionally use gooseberries to make fool. I have done so with the Optimum 9400 gooseberry mixture. It does taste different from the traditional method, but it still makes a good dessert! Also, I will definitely be adding this to my daughter’s smoothies at the weekend!