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accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #278300 JoseyJo
Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:34 am

Hi, Our freezer accidentally defrosted, I think it's been defrosted for about 5 days. I've found a lot of defrosted blackcurrants and jostaberries which still look fine and I was going to stew now. But what I'm' wondering is what can I do with them then!! Can I refreeze them once stewed..... or should I just make wine...... will they be ok to make wine with after sitting for 5 days slowly defrosting?? :dontknow:

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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #278302 Odsox
Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:43 pm

They should be fine if you freeze them after cooking.
As far as I know, anything frozen raw, meat included, can be refrozen once cooked.

No idea about wine though I'm afraid, gave up that idea long ago. :pukeright:
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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #278304 Zech
Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:29 pm

I'd definitely go for the wine (but then, I usually do :drunken:). I can't see any reason why a day or so of defrosting would interfere with brewing.
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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #278308 doofaloofa
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:10 pm

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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #278314 Odsox
Thu May 01, 2014 7:46 am

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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #278319 JoseyJo
Thu May 01, 2014 7:51 pm

Thanks for the replies.
Have decided to make wine with most of them (requiring a quick trip to shops to get yeast and retrieval of brewing bucket from the garage - which is currently sitting in the bath full of Milton after needing quite a scrub!), have stewed some and just deciding what to do with them.... or might just add them to the wine.

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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #279156 MKG2
Mon May 05, 2014 11:27 pm

Make wine - great idea :lol: :lol: :wave:

The berries would have been perfectly OK for refreezing after you'd boiled them up (that goes for most things, really). But wine's your best bet. But then I'm a tad on the makewinefromanything side. One thing, though - is your wine made from blackcurrants alone? If so, the taste may be a little overwhelming.

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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #279198 JoseyJo
Thu May 08, 2014 11:03 am

Ooh, just read this! What would you recommend I could add? The fermenting blackcurrants are still in the bucket at the moment so is there still time to add something else? (I used 3lbs of blackcurrants and 3lbs of sugar)

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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #279208 MKG
Thu May 08, 2014 10:16 pm

To be frank, Josey, I'd let it run its course. You may find it delicious - and at a rate of 3lbs of sugar to a gallon, your wine is certainly going to have enough oomph to carry a strong flavour. But the only recipes I'd trust for blackcurrant wines use only 1.5 lbs of berries (plus other ingredients), so you may decide you're drinking alcoholic Ribena. Nothing is lost, though - you can easily make up a gallon of a bland wine and then blend the two. As I've just posted about rhubarb wine, that springs to mind. A dry rhubarb wine from as little as 1 lb of fruit and a kilo of sugar would make a very good blending partner for your blackcurrant.

But as I say - try it for yourself first. It may be that my taste is bloody awful and your blackcurrant wine will be the best thing since sliced bread.
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Re: accidentally defrosted blackcurrants

Post: #279209 JoseyJo
Thu May 08, 2014 10:38 pm

Mmm, alcoholic Ribena sounds rather nice :lol:


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