Raspberries (and Blackberries) are often extremely infested. They are nearly impossible to clean without ruining the fruit. Proper inspection of these berries requires exceptional patience. Currently, fresh raspberries and blackberries are not permitted in OU certified catering facilities and restaurants.
For Raspberry insect inspection, please check “Special Instruction” section below.
1 cup raspberries
2 tablespoons Pesach confectioner's sugar
4 ripe fresh peaches (you can use canned peach halves)
8 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Save a few raspberries for decoration, and then put the rest in a blender or food processor. Add confectioner’s flour to the blender. Blend until smooth and set aside. Prepare the peaches by cutting around each one lengthwise, then twisting the fruit. Scoop out and remove the pit. Arrange each peach cut side up on a broiler pan. Preheat the broiler. Put 1 tablespoon of mascarpone cheese in the center of each peach. Sprinkle the sugar over each of the peaches. Broil under medium heat until the cheese and sugar are melted. Prepare dessert plates with the raspberry sauce. Place broiled peaches in raspberry sauce and decorate with raspberries.
Raspberries and Insect Infestation
Due to the very delicate nature of raspberries, they cannot be placed in water nor may they be extensively handled. Therefore, we recommend the following procedure as the most practical and effective way of checking raspberries.
1. Stretch a white cloth or sheet of white freezer paper over a light box oron a countertop with ample overhead lighting. Raspberries should be dropped one by one onto the white surface. This will dislodge at least some of the insects that may inhabit the berry.
2. If two or more insects are found, a pint of berries is to be considered infested and may not be used. There is no washing procedure that will guarantee removal of all of the insects.
3. If after dropping the berries no insects are found, the berries should be visually inspected one by one. Pay careful attention to the cavity of the berry where insects often hide.
4. When working in a catering commissary, a larger amount of berries can be dropped on a light box at one time, minimizing the time of inspection.
Alternative method: recommended for large quantities
1. After following steps 1 & 2 above, berries should be placed in a container of soapy solution (prepared with food grade detergent) and agitated vigorously.
2. After a thorough rinsing, the berries may be spin-dried.
3. To verify that the washing has succeeded in removing all insects, check 5 berries per pint in the manner outlined above.