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What to do with blackcurrants?

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Heirhelp Fri 12-Aug-16 13:26:14

I have a small blackcurrant bush in my garden. What can I make with blackcurrants?

Genvonklinkerhoffen Fri 12-Aug-16 13:27:31

Blackcurrant gin

Pestilence13610 Fri 12-Aug-16 13:31:03

Put a couple of handfuls in an apple crumble or apple pie.

Allalonenow Fri 12-Aug-16 13:31:04


Lilaclily Fri 12-Aug-16 13:31:33

Jam !

roomonmybroom Fri 12-Aug-16 13:34:33

I made cassis with mine this year, we always have a glut and I struggle to use them all.
We do not eat much jam but my parents love blackcurrant jam, however I have messed up this year - it has not set, no idea what I did, but we have lots of lovely compote, perfect for ice cream, pancakes, porridge, so not a total loss.
Last year I just made "Ribena" with them.

Kris5 Fri 12-Aug-16 13:35:00

Equal amounts of sugar and blackcurrants in pan, bring to boil until thick.
Just ordinary sugar, blackcurrants naturally have pectin.
I make some every year, you won't regret it!

Pootles2010 Fri 12-Aug-16 13:37:46

Ice cream? Delia's recipe here

Heirhelp Fri 12-Aug-16 13:45:33

Great ideas. Thanks.

Do I need any special equipment for jam making? Wax seals? How do I sterilise the jars?

ImperialBlether Fri 12-Aug-16 13:46:44

If you're in the NW I'll buy some off you! They're my favourite fruit and you can't buy them in many places.

faintlyoptimistic Fri 12-Aug-16 13:47:52

Stick them in your breakfast cereal! So good.

starsinyourpies Fri 12-Aug-16 13:48:48

Make a summer pudding (delia recipe) so good!

TheSpottedZebra Fri 12-Aug-16 13:52:02

No special jam equipment needed - just a big pan to boil it all up in.
Have you old jam jars with lids in good quality? If so, no wax seals needed.

To sterilise, re wash clean jam jars and lids, then put them wet into a lot oven, and bottle when the jam, lids and glass are hot. Or run clean jars through dishwasher and bottle when all hot.

BigGapMum Fri 12-Aug-16 13:56:25

They freeze well. Just wash and destalk them and spread them on trays to freeze loose before bagging them up. Then you can use them throughout the year.

Blackcurrant Flapjack is a favourite in this house. 7oz butter, 5oz brown sugar and 2 tbsp golden syrup melted together and mixed with 12oz porridge oats and 4oz blackcurrants, then pressed into a lined baking tray and cooked for 20 mins at 180. Delish.

Kris5 Fri 12-Aug-16 14:15:21

I just pour a freshly boiled kettle into old jam jars and lids. Empty and fill with jam. Been doing that for years.
Am ready to be flamed for not doing it properly!

4merlyknownasSHD Fri 12-Aug-16 14:21:44


whenwillsummercome Fri 12-Aug-16 14:24:48

sorbet. fool
They are the BEST fruit ever

GrouchyKiwi Fri 12-Aug-16 14:52:00

Muffins! My family grew blackcurrants commercially for years. My Mum always made jam, concentrate for juice, and muffins with the boxes we kept for ourselves.

As PP said, they do freeze very well.

I've got 4 bushes in my garden so I'm looking forward to next year's harvest. They were a bit too young to produce much this year but I got a nice batch of muffins out of them.

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