These are ready, they are dark and plump and easily strip off the stalk.
These are not ready...they need some more days to ripen. These will be ready some time next week.
We picked about 2 gallons of fruit that was ripe.
Then it is washed and washed some more.
I assembled the new steamer /juicer.
The bottom is filled with water and a few marbles...so you can tell when it is boiling and if it boils dry.
The catch part....placed on top of the water,,,a funnel in the center allows the steam to go up. The catch basin will fill with juice and you can siphon it off into another container.
The berries are added next. The part the berries sit in has small holes so that the juice can drip downwards.
The whole contraption is so much easier than cheesecloths etc...I should have had it years ago!
It took about 90 minutes for the Chokecherries to be completely steamed...the house filled with the most delightful fragrance of cooking chokecherries.
I worked on the Christmas Cards and did some laundry while they were steaming.
Far Guy helped me siphon off the juice twice...I did not measure but I think we got about eight cups plus of juice. It is in the fridge and in the next couple of days I will make jelly. The juice can frozen or canned to be used at a later time.
We don't get a good Chokecherry crop every year...two years ago we had a great crop and harvest.
I have jars, lids, sugar and pectin all set to make a sticky mess in the kitchen soon.
You can only make jelly out of chokecherries...the seeds are poisonous....so jam is not a possibility.