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Blackcurrants: Jam? Jelly? Suggestions.....

drloripalooza Jul 18, 2013 01:51 PM

I just bought a few quarts of blackcurrants at the local farmer's market, to start my foray into preserving. Now, I am thinking that I would like to mix them with another fruit in a jam or preserve. Any suggestions? What spices or herbs might be good with them, too?

Thanks in advance!

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    tracytrace RE: drloripalooza Jul 18, 2013 02:09 PM

    My grandma used to make blackcurrant and plum preserves. Nice combo, and went very well with spicy sagey breakfast sausage and sharp cheddar on a biscuit.

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      drloripalooza RE: tracytrace Jul 18, 2013 05:25 PM

      I was considering using brown sugar for the preserves to temper the blackcurrants. Plum sounds as if it would be good. Did she use purple plums?

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        tracytrace RE: drloripalooza Jul 18, 2013 07:19 PM

        She had 2 plum trees, one's fruit was definitely purple, and the other had a reddish-goldish tint. She preserved both of them, with blackcurrants, peaches, apricots, blackberries, etc. All sorts of combinations of all the different fruits and berries she grew, foraged, or traded for.

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          drloripalooza RE: tracytrace Jul 18, 2013 07:26 PM

          how cool

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      sedimental RE: drloripalooza Jul 18, 2013 08:10 PM

      If you have any left from your preserving adventures, you might try making black currant vinegar. I used balsamic and blackcurrants,infuse it, then reduce with a bit of sugar. Really terrific for summer salads, shrub drinks and with meats (gastrique). Elegant and easy.

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        tracytrace RE: sedimental Jul 18, 2013 09:35 PM

        This sounds sooo good.

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