Fruit in Recipes

by Stefani Anderson
(last updated September 30, 2015)

1

Have you ever made a beautiful fruit salad only to have it turn brown before you could serve it? A bit of light-flavored honey mixed into the fruit will take care of that. The small amount of natural acid in honey keeps fruit looking fresh.

You should never add gelatin to a dish or dessert that contains fresh pineapple. An enzyme called bromelain prevents gelatin from setting properly. Gelatin, however, works fine with canned pineapple.

When you're following a recipe that calls for pineapple on any meat, you need to be careful. Wait until just before serving the dish to add any fresh pineapple. The same enzyme that stops gelatin from setting up will make the meat fall apart if it's on the meat too long.

If lemons, oranges, or other citrus fruits are cold, you'll have a hard time getting the maximum juice from them. All you need to do to correct this is take fruit out of the refrigerator a few hours before you're going to squeeze them and get them to room temperature. (If you forget to take the fruit out early, simply run them under warm water for a minute, or put them it in the microwave for just ten or fifteen seconds.) Then roll them back and forth on a hard surface under the pressure of your palm. Now when you squeeze your lemons, you'll get plenty of juice.

When a recipe calls for the rind of an orange, lemon, or other citrus fruit, do you sometimes get some of the bitter white pith mixed in? The best way to avoid this problem is to use a potato peeler instead of a grater to evenly remove a layer of rind. You can then mince the rind into tiny pieces with a knife or your grinder.

If you freeze blueberries and later use them for your pies, cakes, or muffins, don't bother to thaw them out. Thawing them will cause blueberry juice to run through all the cake or muffin batter that you are baking, making it an unappetizing green color.

Author Bio

Stefani Anderson

Stefani is an assessment developer for an online university. She earned a degree in language, editing, and anthropology from Brigham Young University. Her favorite thing is to travel the world, chronicle her adventures, and help others celebrate memories. ...

MORE FROM STEFANI

Cooling and Storing Cookies

Now that you've made some amazing cookies, you need to keep them fresh. Find out what you need to do after they come out of ...

Discover More

Barbecue Recipes

You don't have to serve the same old boring burgers and dogs at your barbecue. Mix up a few simple ingredients and get savory ...

Discover More

Making Personalized Cookbooks

Have you ever wanted to publish your own cookbook? At the very least, you can make an awesome collection to share with your ...

Discover More
More Cooking Tips

Preserving Fruit

The only thing that is better than store bought fruit preserves is making your own. If you have never had homemade fruit ...

Discover More

Dealing with Fresh Fruit

Get some quick fixes and tips for your fresh fruit. Buy for one, serve more tasty berries, and keep things fresh longer.

Discover More

Working with Coconut

Coconut is a great reminder of tropical destinations and amazing vacations. Refresh your memory by choosing and cutting a ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is four less than 6?

2012-12-26 10:43:05

DHFabian

Outstanding collection of tips! These solve a couple of problems I've encountered.


Videos

Subscribe to the Tips.Net channel:

Visit the Tips.Net channel on YouTube

Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured cooking tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)