well, here's my newbie experience ..... I usually hand-crush my fruit. I like this because you can put the pulp in bags for easy removal. Also it reduces the chance that the pulp will rise to the surface and block gas exchange, which I have had happen before. Not pretty. Typically I will weigh the bag down with a glass paperweight to keep it at the bottom too.
Haven't ever blended or used whole fruit, so can't comment!
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