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prolonging berry life

2009-08-30 16:08:02.089147+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Harold McGee, The Curious Cook, writes on prolonging the refrigerator life of berries by them in hot water for a short time to kill the exterior molds. Immersing blackberries, strawberries and raspberries in 125°F water for 30 seconds, and blueberries in 140°F water for 30 seconds, increased refrigerator shelf-life while (surprisingly) not affecting texture or flavor.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-30 19:02:12.423324+00 by: m

Here you want to kill molds, and right now I am trying to find some culture tubes, because the last lot of firewood I bought has a nice purple fungus on the end of one log. I would like to reproduce this fungus, infect (spalt) some wood, and see if I can get the purple color spalt through to make for some interesting turnings. Of course atomizing said cultured fungus via turning and sanding the wood is probably a very bad thing to do for my lungs, and the integrity of my log home in which my shop resides.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-30 21:56:00.616767+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oooh! Yeah, turning would probably be an issue, could you heat the entire log to 160°F or so before you cut it to kill everything? And then just wear a respirator while turning...