Remember last years pumpkin extravaganza ? This year it is wild persimmons. Here's a sink full of those babies, getting a little bath before they meet their demise...er, I mean TRANSFORMATION. Last Friday I got some persimmons from my high school friend...she has a neighbor with a tree on their property and they never want them. She said she still has puree in her freezer form the last couple of years and that I could have them if I want them. Well...of course I want them...so I went up and got a nice box of them and came home and dried a bunch of them and pureed the rest.
I got so caught up in my new shelves that I forgot to take any pictures of the drying ones..they're very pretty. I just smashed 'em into flower shapes, seeds and all. Anyhoo...this morning (or was it yesterday?) the phone rang and she said--hey, I got more persimmons for you. So I went up this morning and picked up another basket full.
After rinsing them, I pulled off the crown (where the stem attaches), and toss them into the cone shaped sieve. I call it a ricer, and I know it has several names. Then you take the wooden mallet and start smashing that stuff down. It's a little tedious, but there's no other way to do it. Smash smash, stir stir...until it comes out like this:
It's beautiful stuff...rich and orange, and thick thick thick. The stuff is loaded with pectin. Also loaded with antioxidants and potassium (more than bananas).
This is the finished product. Pretty, huh ? I wound up with about 18 cups of frozen puree. I made a loaf of persimmon bread, PLUS I filled the dehydrator with pulp to make leather. So,total--at least 20 cups. Free.
Persimmon leather. Yum.
And a nice loaf of persimmon/raisin/pecan bread. (Yes, that ookey looking thing is a raisin!) lol
Very moist and tasty and not overly sweet.
But this isn't what I need a break from. I am thinking of unplugging the computer for a few days, because I am getting really fired up at people about all this madness going on. Government shutdown. Republican terrorists, holding the middle class hostage once again. And some of the people that I know (and some I am related to) and some that are seemingly intelligent, and lots that are not necessarily so...and I can't stand to read some of the crap people are posting. It's making me angry and upset...and SO not worth it.
It's feeling like the elections all over again.
I thought if I came here and wrote a while it would calm me down. And now, here I am, bringing it all up again. To myself. aaargghghhhhhhh.
I think maybe bed is my best bet. I am tired and my arms hurt from mashing all that fruit. And when I am tired,. I have no tolerance for foolishness.
So, dear ones...I hope that none of you are federal employees caught in this thing. Or planning a vacation to a national park anytime soon.