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 Post subject: Blackcurrants!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 4:16 pm 
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Help! I've been given tons of blackcurrants. I don't want to make jam. Any suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Blackcurrants!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 5:39 pm 
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Juice! Muffins! Syrup to make italian sodas! I'm dying of jealousy!

(the best thing I made last year when I was drowning in mulberries was mulberry whiskey. If that is your kind of thing, it was DELIGHTFUL. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle ... ine-whisky )

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 Post subject: Re: Blackcurrants!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:33 pm 
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I adore black currants!
Pie/tarts, sorbet, ice cream, pancakes, waffles, scones, cake, smoothies, and all of Torque's good ideas.
Dry some if you are lucky enough to have a dehydrator, or try oven drying some.
I really enjoy tempeh served with a fruit sauce. Fruit goes well with the bitterness of the Tempeh.
Freeze some to use later.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 3:53 am 
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Blackcurrant cheesecake!

And you could make your own blackcurrant cordial/syrup which is just lush. Also, summer pudding (you'd need other berries too, though).

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 Post subject: Re: Blackcurrants!
PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:52 am 
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Thanks! I've adapted a blueberry soup from v is for vegan, and made vegan with a vengeance berry scones and sunny lemon berry corn muffins so far. I've also found a tea bread recipe that sounds nice but cheesecake is my favourite so I'll have a look at finding a good recipe for that I think. The people next door have just moved in and the previous owners had planted rows and rows of blackcurrants. There are so many they don't know what to do with them all! Wish I had a bigger freezer!


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If you need to get rid of more beyond eating them (delicious), see if anyone makes blackcurrant wine in the area and sell them to them! My company makes blackcurrant wine and we are always desperate for local berries.


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Ice cream! Make a syrup, then stick it in an icecream maker with some thick coconut milk.

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vijita wrote:
If you need to get rid of more beyond eating them (delicious), see if anyone makes blackcurrant wine in the area and sell them to them! My company makes blackcurrant wine and we are always desperate for local berries.


Or make wine yourself! I'm not a winemaking expert at all, but one of the most successful and delicious wines I ever made was blackcurrant (the other was blackberry).

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I second the suggestion of blackcurrant cordial, and I'm also jealous.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:19 pm 
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I would put them in a peach/nectarine crisp to balance their tartness. Or dry them to make homemade granola! with toasted oats, maple syrup, and coconut oil.


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Oh, how about a black currant agua fresca? Or black currant lemon and/or lime aid?


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 Post subject: Re: Blackcurrants!
PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:49 am 
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Freeze them and use them in smoothies - they're super healthy!


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 Post subject: Re: Blackcurrants!
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I second/third the idea of making wine! There are loads of other delicious sounding suggestions though. Also, what about crumble or pie?


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dropscone wrote:
vijita wrote:
If you need to get rid of more beyond eating them (delicious), see if anyone makes blackcurrant wine in the area and sell them to them! My company makes blackcurrant wine and we are always desperate for local berries.


Or make wine yourself! I'm not a winemaking expert at all, but one of the most successful and delicious wines I ever made was blackcurrant (the other was blackberry).

Totally! Blackcurrant wine is easy and delicious. It's not like grape wines where you have to expertly tinker forever with the blend and aging..it's just done and delicious when it's done fermenting.


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helgonblomma wrote:
Freeze them and use them in smoothies - they're super healthy!


For a lazy arse like me, this seems like the winning solution. It's always the answer to most of my excess fruit. Sure I always get these aspirational delusions, but in reality, it's smoothie time....*fork, I'm sick of cleaning that damn blender.

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Just thought of fruit leather! That would get rid of a lot of them, if you have a low enough setting on your oven or have/know someone with a dehydrator. Nice mixed with apple.

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 Post subject: Re: Blackcurrants!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 12:52 pm 
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Thanks for all your ideas! I made a fab raw cheesecake, blueberry lemonade & after saying I didn't want to make jam I did! I made Dreena Burton's Berry Jam from Plant Powered Families. It only takes about 15 minutes to make & contains chia seeds. It's delicious. I've also made a black currant vodka that will hopefully be ready for Xmas!
Also adapted a blueberry muffin recipe from Plant Powered Families. They are delicious too. (I love this book it is fab!)
Unfortunately I can't make ice cream because I don't have an ice cream maker.
I wish you all lived closer. My freezer is full, I have to keep giving all the food away that I'm making & there is still SO much fruit that needs picking!
I'm fancying having a go at the whisky Torque mentioned soon.


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