When you first taste a durian, you either love it or you hate it. But no matter what, you can’t deny that you need to enjoy a Durian at least once in your life. Durian is very seasonal and buying it off-seasonal is very expensive.
Here are 3 ways you can preserve Durians at home. They are extremely easy and you’ll end up saving a lot of money in the long run. Plus you get to enjoy Durian throughout the year. Sounds like the perfect plan to me.
Method 1: Preserve Durian By Freezing Them as Pulp
This is maybe the easiest and most obvious way to preserve Durian but did you know that there are so many ways to freeze Durian? In this method, I will discuss the easiest and best way to make sure that your Durian is kept fresh for a long time.
It is vital to remove the seeds before you start to freeze Durian. This is because when the seeds are frozen with the pulp, the taste changes after some time and is not as good. Also, try freezing only those durians that have a strong taste. They will retain the flavor better even after getting frozen.
- Freeze the durians for short time because this will help in removing the pulp from the fruit.
- Remove the pulp and store them into small plastic bags. If you want an amount, then you can try storing around 400g in one bag.
- Make sure that there is very less space in between the flesh and flatten it properly.
- Store them in airtight containers and again make sure that is very less space between the bags as well.
By packing them tightly, you are making sure that there is very less loss of moisture in the Durians. By following this method to freeze durians, you can store them for at least 3 months and it will still taste good.
Method 2: Preserve Durians By Freezing Them Whole
Well, although I do recommend the first method to get a better quality of frozen durians, there are many who would like to preserve durians by freezing it whole instead.
The main issue with this is the size of the durian fruit. It is large and freezing the whole fruit will take a long time. Also, it will need a lot of space. So you can instead cut the durian fruit into smaller pieces and make sure that the seeds are frozen as well. This is because, in this type of frozen durian, the seeds will help in keeping shape.
Place them in airtight containers and do not place the pieces on top of each other because this will compress the ones at the bottom. Give them space and seal them in the container.
When you want to eat it, just take it out and leave it at room temperature for a few hours. It will thaw quickly and you can then consume it. There is one thing that you must keep in mind, if even one piece is spoiled then you will need to throw all the pieces. Please do not use the other pieces thinking that they will be fine. You can tell if it is spoiled if it feels like mushy and watery and maybe a lil bit sour.
Although this is also a good way to preserve durian, I would still recommend the first method instead because there are many chances of the durian getting spoiled using this method.
Method 3: Preserve Durians by Making a Paste
Another way to preserve durians while still retaining the texture and flavour of the original fruit is to make a paste out of it. The Durian paste is very versatile and you can use it to make it a lot of things. In addition, it has a very long shelf life and can last up to one year.
To make the best durian paste, you should choose durians that are overripe. They make the best paste and also cheaper than the raw durians so a win-win situation. You can also add sugar if you prefer to have a sweeter paste.
Process to Make Durian Paste
- Sort the durians according to their variety and extract the pulp. You can discard the seeds.
- Make the pulp into shreds by using a grater. This will help in more even cooking.
- Measure the amount of pulp that you obtain at the end and start cooking it for 30 minutes. If you want to add sugar, then 100g of sugar for 1 kg of pulp is a good ratio, but you can adjust according to what you prefer. A lot depends on how sweet the durian is.
- Keep cooking and stirring it until you reach a consistency where it is dry but will stick to your fingers. It usually takes around 3-4 hours.
- Cool the durian paste and store it in a clean and dry jar.
This process is lengthier than freezing Durian, but the paste has several uses. You can put it on top of bread, use it as a topping or even eat it straight from the jar.
Durian mooncakes are also a great way to enjoy durians. Here’s a list of the Top 5 Signature Singapore Mooncakes that you can enjoy, and yes there are durian mooncakes on the list.