I am a jam maker! Every year I can’t wait for the raspberries so I can start making raspberry jam. (Here is my *famous* recipe.) But what about the seeds? I got you covered with the easiest way to deseed raspberries. Use a juicer. It may be a mess but stop struggling with a sieve.
Seriously. You have better thing to do than struggle!
Why do I deseed raspberries? Years ago, I use to make raspberry jam, seeds and all. Then people started complaining that it was too seedy. I was perplexed why people were complaining. Then I tasted my jam and yep, it was too seedy.
I think it is a sensory thing. People just don’t like the seeds.
How to DeSeed Raspberries:
So how was I going to de-seed the raspberries? This is not an easy task. I tried a strainer and pushed the raspberries to separate the liquid from the seeds. Way too hard.
Then I tried a potato ricer. Again, way too hard and it didn’t work.
Since I have every appliance known to mankind, I saw the juicer waving at me behind the ice tea maker. (Yes, I have one of those machines too.) And by golly, it worked.
What a mess.
But it works.
Closing up the garden is my fall priority. I freeze my raspberries since I don’t have time to make my jams right away.
I think my mess is due to the fact that I use thawed frozen raspberries so there is a lot of liquid in the freezer bags.
I don’t know if my machine is capable of juicing frozen raspberries.
The Tricks to Use the Juicer:
The tricks? You have to keep feeding the left over pulp of seeds and juice back into the juicer. I must have fed the pulp into the juicer about 4 to 5 times. I stopped when the pulp was dry looking.
You will need to following:
- 2 bowls
- Jam pot
- Pyrex 8 cup measuring bowl. (It is like a bowl and measuring cup in one. I love this!) Any measuring cup will work if you have a small amount of raspberries.
- Rubber spatula.
You will use one bowl to dump the gooey pulp from the plastic container from the juicer. The first time you juice the raspberry, literally half of the raspberries will be your first round of pulp.
My juicer isn’t a great model so your machine may do a much better job then mine. You may have less”trips” to the machine to wring out the pulp.
Also, the top of my juicer is really small. I dump some pulp in the top and the rest in a bowl. (In jam-juicer lingo, we call this the overflow bowl.)
Each time, I continue to feed the machine with the bowl full of pulp.
If you are obsessed with your raspberries like I am, take a rubber spatula and scoop out the liquid. I grow and pick these darn raspberries so you better believe that I get every drop of goodness.
The other bowl is for the pulp that is dry like. (See photo above.)
I also use a Pyrex 8 cup measuring cup to catch the juice. Once the juice volume is 6 cups, I dump it in my jam pot. I have worked with 8 cups but 6 cups of liquid is easier.
Don’t Throw Away the Pulp
Don’t throw away the pulp. Use it to make crackers or for smoothies. The seeds are quite nutritious.
If I don’t make crackers, I freeze the seeds in small glass containers so I can use them for smoothies.
I usually have 9 bags of raspberries in my freezer so I split up the work into 2 days.
Just another FYI. Raspberry liquid is really sticky. Clean it up right away. Otherwise, you will have to use some elbow grease to clean it up.
Join the Conversation:
Do you deseed your raspberries?