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Garden Blackberries

My favorite part of our back yard is the garden area containing a raspberry and blackberry patch. Raspberries are absolutely my favorite food. I cannot get enough of them and every year I consider turning the entire yard into one giant raspberry patch! However, then I remember the kids need somewhere to play and there probably still wouldn't be enough raspberries. Honestly, when it comes to raspberries I have not used the ReadyStrainer once. They go directly from the patch into my mouth! Blackberries aren't as great as raspberries, but they sure are tasty. And it is hard to beat a blackberry cheesecake pie! It is a family favorite that I will be sure to share another day. This year...

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Apricot Juice

Apricots are a real treat. Their softness and tender nature make them nearly impossible to travel or store. For that reason, they aren't hardly ever found in stores and are a true treasure fresh off the tree.  On a trip to Grandma's house we found her apricot trees were ripening very fast in this year's summer heat. We quickly picked the tree clean, so in order to take advantage of nature's sweet goodness Grandma googled apricot nectar recipes. She's a no-sugar kind of gal so the recipe was simple. Wash, cut, pit and toss the fresh fruit in a large pot, add some water (a cup or two) and stew for about 30 minutes. She then let them cool a...

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U-Pick Cherries

One of our favorite spring activities is U-pick cherries. We live just down the road from a U-pick orchard and cherry season means the start to a summer full of cherries, peaches, nectarines and apples! This year we took along the ReadyStrainer on our first cherry picking adventure. In fact, we took along two. I really like being able to estimate how many cherries we pick. In years past we happily picked cherries to find we had over 30 pounds of cherries to take home and try to fit in the fridge! It was far too many for us, but our friends and family sure enjoyed some of the extras! Now, I've learned that each ReadyStrainer can hold approximately 6...

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Introduction

Welcome to the ReadyStrainer blog! My name is Fred and I am the inventor of the ReadyStrainer. I started this project with a Kickstarter campaign in March of 2016. The campaign was successful and we mailed ReadyStrainers to 322 people by the end of that year. It has been a joy to watch my idea of the ReadyStrainer turn into a real item being used in kitchens across the United States. I have several ReadyStrainers in my own kitchen and am starting this blog to share how my family and I use them. I am eager to share recipes, ideas and inspirations using the ReadyStrainer. One of my favorite parts of the Kickstarter process was making videos. As an engineer,...

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