-How to Test for Ripeness
-Tips for Rising Dough
Fante's Fruit Ripener™
Fante's Fruit Ripener makes hard fruit ripe and ready to eat, year round.
The Fruit Ripener ripens peaches, pears, plums, nectarines, apricots, papayas, mangos, melons,
kiwi, bananas, cherries, apples, avocados and tomatoes.
Bakers will also find Fante's Fruit Ripener handy for proofing (proving or raising)
||Fante's Fruit Ripener™
|10-3/8" outside diameter,
9-3/4" widest inside diameter,
Made in USA
Fresh fruits produce water vapor, ethylene gas and carbon dioxide,
which promote fruit ripening. The Fruit Ripener's scientific design assures
that the gases and water vapor are properly circulated and retained to
achieve optimum ripening results without shrivel.
For year-round ripening, arrange "market-hard" fruits in the
bottom bowl of the Fruit Ripener and put on its cover. You can keep it
on your kitchen counter, away from direct sunlight.
For quicker ripening, place a ripe apple or banana inside
the ripener with the hard fruit.
Keep the filled Fruit Ripener at room temperature, as cooler
temperatures, such as in the refrigerator, inhibit the fruit from producing
Check fruits daily and remove fully ripened ones that are ready for eating.
Wash the bowl by hand in mild, soapy water; never clean it in the
dishwasher. Always keep it clean.
How to Judge the Ripeness of Fruits
Pears (Bartletts, Anjous, Comice, Bosc, Winter Nelis)
Yield to gentle pressure regardless of color. Bartletts will be full yellow
when ripe; Anjous will be yellowish-green, Bose and Winter Nelis will be
golden russet, and Comice will be greenish-yellow.
Apricots, Peaches, Nectarines
Yield to gentle palm pressure, full golden yellow color, no green at stem
end. Red blush is not a sign of ripeness.
Ripen well on their own to full yellow. May be included in bowl to help other
fruits ripen more uniformly. Overripe bananas may be saved for future baking
use by storing in freezer.
Yield to slight pressure with softening at the tip. Different plums show
their ripeness with similar full color.
Greenish-yellow to yellow-bronze with a definite pineapple fragrance.
Avocados, Mangos, Papayas, Kiwi, Guava
All yield to gentle palm pressure when ripe. Papayas should be yellow green
to full yellow. Color not significant in judging ripeness of others.
Apples, Oranges, Grapefruit, Other Citrus
Seldom need ripening, but flavor may be enhanced by keeping in bowl for a
day or two.
Not suitable for the ripener, as they keep flavor and appearance better when
Full red in color, but still firm. When under-ripe or soft and over-ripe,
flavor is lacking. Move daily in ripener for best results.
Slight softening at the blossom end is the best test for ripeness.
Tips for Rising Dough in the Fruit Ripener
When kneading is complete and the dough shows a smooth surface, use both
hands in an opposing position to form the dough into a ball. This process
is also known as "rounding".
Dough rises best when the top has been rounded and smoothed. An improperly
rounded and smoothed dough will have a rough surface with breaks, which allow
the gases to escape and will thus not achieve proper fermentation.
Dough has to be "greased" with butter or oil on all sides before being placed
in the fruit ripener. Spray, brush, or rub the inside of the
bowl, then rub the dough in it so it's completely greased. Or you can
spray, brush, or rub the dough ball and move it around in the bowl so
that it's also greased. This keeps it from sticking to the bowl.
Ideally, the dough should be kept between 75°F and 85°F in the
bowl. An overly warm rising place contributes to an unpleasant beer taste
and crumbly loaf. Cooler temperatures (65-75°F) will slow down yeast
activity, take longer to rise, and create a more flavorful dough.
Place the cover on the bowl, and keep it away from drafts.
Doneness Touch Test
Using the tips of two fingers, lightly and quickly press about ½" into
the dough. If the impression of your fingers remains, the dough has risen
to about double its original size. If the indentation quickly disappears,
it needs a little more time, so cover and let rise longer.
Always Store it Clean
Wash your fruit ripener by hand with warm soapy water. Never place in the dishwasher.