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Destemming Gooseberries?

 
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Location: Northern Colorado 7,500' Zone 4
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I just picked a boatload of wild gooseberries and I remember from last year that it takes forever to de-stem them. I can handle pulling the green stems off but, the dead flower section on the other end, seems pretty time consuming.

So does anyone know how to de-stem Gooseberries? I feel like I've tried both soaking and freezing to no avail. Any knowledge on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 
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I find that a good movie or good conversation works wonders for cleanning up gooseberries:) Once your fingers can just pluck off the stem and 'tail' without looking, and mindlessly, it is an easy task. I imagine that is why some make jelly instead of jam with them. I did can some with the tails one year...they weren't very popular.
 
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Yeah I usually watch some Netflix while I de-stem. But I've heard that you can buy Gooseberries in a jar at some grocery stores? And assuming that they are de-stemmed, there must be a way to do it without plucking one Gooseberry at a time?
 
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