Blackcurrant cordial

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Blackcurrant cordial

Post: #2280 Chickenlady
Sun Apr 24, 2005 9:32 pm

I was clearing out the freezer today and found a load of blackcurrants from last summer. On a whim I boiled them up with a bit of sugar, strained them and then diluted the juice with a bit of water. It was really delicious, a trillion times nicer and healthier than commercial blackcurrant. The kids loved it!

I would like to repeat this with this year's crop and bottle it. Would it keep, do you think, or would I need to be a bit more scientific in my approach?

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Re: Blackcurrant cordial

Post: #2286 Andy Hamilton
Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:13 am

Chickenlady wrote:I boiled them up with a bit of sugar, strained them and then diluted the juice with a bit of water. It was really delicious, a trillion times nicer and healthier than commercial blackcurrant. The kids loved it!

I would like to repeat this with this year's crop and bottle it. Would it keep, do you think, or would I need to be a bit more scientific in my approach?


it worked and it is not full of aspartamine,why be scientific?
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Post: #2297 Wombat
Mon Apr 25, 2005 11:33 am

But be careful if yout kids are asthmatic - sulphites can set 'em off! :shock:

Personally, I home make stuff to get away from the preservatives! (sorry Rhyddid)

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Post: #2308 Wombat
Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:25 pm

The process of wine and beermaking I find very interesting, unfortunately I don't drink the proceeds so have never really done much with either process, with the exception of ginger beer and some elderflower champagne.

The elder flower champagne was foul! :pale: (Although my dad liked it and drank it!)

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Post: #2310 Chickenlady
Tue Apr 26, 2005 9:37 pm

Thanks for the advice - I have already started collecting good glass bottles in readiness!

Elderflower cordial is another thing I would like to make when I find some nice clean elderflowers (none in my garden or on the allotment). Is that what you meant by elderflower champagne, Nev, or was yours an alcoholic version? A friend makes the cordial every year and it is lovely - costs a bomb in the shops! (and again the kids love it!).

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Post: #2315 Wombat
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:11 am

G'Day Chickenlady,

This was an alcoholic version.......and fizzy :shock: !

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Post: #2318 Andy Hamilton
Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:22 am

This might help too, forgot we had it on the site http://www.selfsufficientish.com/elder.htm#cordial

- recipe for making elderflower cordial :andy:
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