Pineapple preserve proves positive

26th August 2016

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I later found out that her eagerness was due to a large amount of leftover pineapples that either couldn’t be sold or were simply left over after the season had come to an end. As jam is such an easy recipe to make (once you’ve practised), with very few ingredients needed, all of which are readily available within the community, it’s a preserve that can be done by anyone with very little culinary experience needed at all. This type of fruit preservation could prove incredibly sustainable for the families as a way of storing food from three months to a year depending on the preservation method.

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The day started off with eager anticipation when we set up the table and laid out all the equipment and ingredients. All that was missing was the participants! However, as we all eagerly awaited their arrival, sure enough a crowd started to form around the cooking table that was ready and waiting for them. Men, women and children of all ages surrounded the work area closely watching every chop, stir and instruction I was dishing out to them. It felt incredible to hold the attention of so many who you knew wanted to learn every single detail of what you were showing them, which overall made the experience so much easier.

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This skill will be essential if ever the families have a bad year’s yield of crops, especially if they highly depend on their own crops as a source of food rather than an income. This way of preservation is adaptable to any other fruits that they may have leftover that can be cooked and stored in exactly the same way. It can provide an additional palate of flavours to a meal.

Alternatively, once the skill is mastered and they have adapted it to whichever flavour and contents they require, an option could be to sell it. Producing enough of a unique product that isn’t readily available has the potential to be a very successful business idea for anyone with teeming fruit trees at their disposal. With such a low cost to create the product, selling it on could prove positive for the residents of Bagdali. A way of empowering the youth in partnership with the production of jam could also be to hold a competition for them to design a label to promote the product.

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Being a volunteer for Raleigh, specifically for the livelihoods project, and being part of a project that has the potential to directly affect the life for the better is heart-warming and makes all the hard work we’ve put in so worth it.
Would you like to try the recipe?

Ingredients Boil pineapple with water for 20-30 minutes until soft and thickened. Pour in the juice along with the sugar, continue to boil for 40-60 minutes until thick, the water has mostly evaporated and the texture is sticky and pourable. Pour into the sterilized glass jars, seal and store in a dark, dry and cool area.
2 medium sized pineapples (grated)
1 cup of water
2 cups of sugar
2 limes (juiced)

 


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