Do you enjoy having the ability to eat seasonal fruits like raspberries or mangoes all year round? Think that the only way to do so is to buy the fruits frozen from your local supermarket? Not anymore.
If you aren’t familiar with compote, expect to get acquainted with this traditional French accompaniment. Compote is a name given fruit that is preserved or cooked in syrup. Not only is compote delicious, it is also a useful substitute for frozen fruit. In fact, there are several reasons why using compote may be better than using frozen fruit:
Compote is versatile, making it an essential ingredient in Australian pantries. Compote can be used as a topping on crunchy sourdough toast or with a scoop of your favourite ice cream. It can be used as a filling for tarts and muffins, or it can be neatly arranged as a topper on cheesecakes, parfaits and pavlovas. The possibilities are endless!
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2. Easy to serve
Cooking with frozen fruit means that you need to allow ample time for defrosting prior to usage. You do not need to factor in defrosting time when using compote. This is especially handy for moments when you want to whip up a dish in a hurry. All you need to do is to simply spoon out the desired amount of compote from the packet; there is no thawing, no prepping and no chopping required. Because of this, a packet of compote is the perfect solution if you want to add a little bit of sweetness to your breakfast or snack. You can even serve it on top of your morning crumpets or with cheese as a substitute for dried figs or quince.
3. Once opened, can be stored in the fridge
Frozen fruit, once thawed, should be cooked accordingly and served. According to health professionals, any unused frozen fruit that has been defrosted should not be returned to the freezer. The same restrictions do not apply to compote. Moreover, the Barker’s compote range is carefully packaged in a no-mess spout pout bringing convenience to the kitchen, especially when you need breakfast in a hurry (yoghurt or porridge with compote, anyone?). Any unused portion can simply be resealed and stored in the fridge safely.
4. Safer to use
Contamination of frozen fruit products can occur at any stage during the production process. It can happen during the initial irrigation stage thanks to contaminated water or the processing and cleaning stages due to poor hygiene standards by fruit handlers.
In contrast, making compote involves combining fresh fruit with sugar in a pot, bringing the mixture to a slow boil. This boiling process also sterilises the fruit, ensuring that the likelihood of contamination is reduced significantly.