I had the last of my harvest of Brooks plums to do something with so I mixed them with some golden delicious apples and Canadice grapes and juiced them in my Mehu-Liisa steam juicer to make a wonderful Fall mixed-fruit juice. Here’s how I did it:
I gathered my canning gear together: sanitized jars, lids and rings, jar tongs, etc. I boiled my rings and lids for 5 minutes and left them in the hot water till I needed them.
Then I filled the steam basket in the Mehu-Liisa with rinsed plums, grapes, and apples. I put the grapes in first (no need to destem), then the plums (whole), and finally I quartered the apples on top. When the water in the bottom pan came to a nice steady boil (not furious), I assembled the Mehu-Liisa and set a timer for 30 minutes.
(After 30 minutes, the fruit has started breaking down and juice is collecting in the kettle.)
After 60 minutes, the processing was done and I drew off the juice into my sanitized canning jars, capped with the boiled lids. (At this point the juice can be water bathed or steam canned according to USDA guidelines.)
My yield was 4 quarts of sweet-tart, mixed-fruit juice. I left the spent fruit in the juicer (off of the stove) for a couple of hours and drew off another quart of juice. This juice I put in the fridge and will drink first, within a week or so.
I hope you get a chance to steam some Fall fruits in your Mehu-Liisa this season. The juice is a wonderful hot drink with spices on a cold winter night.