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Old 03-02-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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How do I remove blackberry seeds?

Hi All ... I love blackberries but not the seeds. What are some of your TNT methods for separating these lovely berries from their seeds? I would like to retain as much pulp (if a berry can have pulp) as possible as I would like to use them to mix into cold cooked oatmeal this week.

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Old 03-02-2014, 08:36 PM   #2
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I use an upside down cone thing with holes in it, along with a thick wooden smoosher, on a 3 legged stand. I think it's part of a jelly making set. It works well for apple butter, would probably work for blackberries.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:41 PM   #3
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I use what Dawg uses, I think it's a food mill. Takes care of tomato seeds and raspberry seeds. Found mine at an estate sale.
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Dawg & Whiska, my mom has one of those! She uses it when she cans. I wonder if the holes would be too big though. I was looking at my food mill too and wondering about the holes.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:45 PM   #5
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I use what Dawg uses, I think it's a food mill. Takes care of tomato seeds and raspberry seeds. Found mine at an estate sale.
The one pictured is called a china cap. A Chinois is almost the same except it has fine mesh instead of the metal with holes in it (people tend to use the terms interchangeably). I don't remember where I got my china cap, but I use it primarily for making jellies (mainly wild grape or chokecherry). If you can, borrow your mom's and give it a try. If the holes are too big, go on the hunt for a Chinois.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:50 PM   #6
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Dawg & Whiska, my mom has one of those! She uses it when she cans. I wonder if the holes would be too big though. I was looking at my food mill too and wondering about the holes.
Yes, that's it, Whiska! I used mine to strain the almonds for almond milk, it worked well for that too, the holes weren't too big. You could also put a piece of cheesecloth in it.

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Old 03-03-2014, 12:51 AM   #7
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When I make raspberry coulis I give them a quick whizz in the processor before putting them through the sieve. Makes it easier to push them through the sieve.

Works with blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes and anything else thick and seedy.
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Old 03-03-2014, 01:12 AM   #8
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I use a rotary food mill. It's part of my canning equipment, used for making jelly. :)
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Somebunny, I have what you have (hand crank on the top, screen on the bottom) ... I'm just wondering about the size of the holes in my screen and whether or not they will catch the seeds. I'm going to throw them in there tonight and find out. We shall see!
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Somebunny, I have what you have (hand crank on the top, screen on the bottom) ... I'm just wondering about the size of the holes in my screen and whether or not they will catch the seeds. I'm going to throw them in there tonight and find out. We shall see!
Let us know how it works. I think any smaller holes, and you'll get juice, not pulp. When I made my wild raspberry cordial, I hand squeezed it through layers of cheesecloth. The old arthritic hands won't do so well with that anymore....
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