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Blackcurrants

Post: #226050 dave45
Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:56 pm

Blackcurrants are easy to grow and propagate and I am pretty successful with them. But 9months on I still have freezer drawers full of the things. I tried blackcurrant wine and wasn't too impressed. Jam and blackcurrant and apple crumble are fine though.... but what else can I do with them?

PS are they full of vitamin C or is that just Ribena propaganda?... mmm I could make cordial !

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226057 oldjerry
Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:20 pm

Dave,steepe in neat vodka,leave for 6 months,then strain if you wish(keep the blackcurrants and make the best crumble of all time).Add sugar to taste if you wish.They'll break down even better for having been in the freezer.......Happy Days......

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226064 dave45
Sun Mar 13, 2011 11:58 pm

Oldjerry - I tried that the previous year (blackcurrants and vodka) - I think I made it a little too strong (I blitzed them in a blender to increase the surface area)- it stained the clear glass bottle it was in!

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226073 Millymollymandy
Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:24 am

I eat them as is mixed with other fruit, make cordial, make a base for ice cream and freeze that and make jelly mixed with other fruit i.e. redcurrants or apple. I'm on my last tub from the freezer right now.

Still have several tubs of redcurrants left and they can't be eaten as they are so I'll have to make more cordial which I might make into ice lollies when summer arrives. :flower:
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Post: #226079 boboff
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:41 am

Make more Jam, love Blackcurrant Jam.
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Post: #226080 Odsox
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:02 am

Three quarters of my crop gets juiced and then bottled.
Then when (if) the weather turns warmer I drink it half and half with lemonade.
The other quarter gets made into jam.
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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226113 greenorelse
Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:21 pm

dave45 wrote:PS are they full of vitamin C or is that just Ribena propaganda?


I've heard that the vit. C doesn't survive the industrial process, which is hardly surprising.
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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226179 godfreyrob
Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:58 am

We've 4 gallons of blackcurrent wine still bubbling away in our bathroom, we have a glass every now and then and it gets better each time. We did a blind tasting at our gardening group with our wine, some Shiraz and Merlot - everyone thought the blackcurrant wine was the best by far.

We made two batches of the wine - the 2nd (and much bigger) batch of wine is far better - the fruits were bigger too.

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226287 okra
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:47 pm

Lovely added to muesli

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226288 oldjerry
Wed Mar 16, 2011 4:49 pm

..Even better without the Muesli !!!!

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #226333 dave45
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:36 pm

godfreyrob - would you mind sharing your recipe for the blackcurrant wine.... mine was "improvised" and wasn't too good

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #227006 JeremyinCzechRep
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:14 pm

No one has mentioned a blackcurrant milkshake. Delicious!
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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #227035 Millymollymandy
Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:43 am

Ah that would be my chilled blackcurrant ice cream mix before I churn it. :lol: It does make fab ice cream - doesn't actually sound like it should but it does! This year I think I'll try ice lollies from cordial as I now have some lolly kits.
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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #235775 dave45
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:54 pm

Update... Just made blackcurrant cordial - used the old aluminium steamer to extract a large saucepans- worth of juice and just added sugar... Not quit as strong as ribena, as it can be drunk neat... 50/50 dilution is good ...

Tons more to pick.... Still looking for a reliable wine recipe.

I am guessing that the steam juice extraction method is "gentler" than blitz-and-soak coz the cordial has a very rounded flavour.... Could be wrong.

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Re: Blackcurrants

Post: #235780 red
Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:22 pm

I'm having a rubbish blackcurrant year so am :mrgreen:
blackcurrant icecream is the DBs and cassis is good.. and blackcurrants are a must in summer pudding
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