What can I do with a small amount of red currants?
These juicy little berries are ideal in summer puddings or in a traditional relish with a Sunday roast.
- Berry shortbread cheesecake slice.
- Redcurrant & red onion relish.
- Summer pudding.
- Raspberry & redcurrant cobbler.
- Duck breasts with redcurrant & onion relish.
- Peach & redcurrant sour cream ring.
- Succulent braised venison.
Why are red currants illegal?
The federal government banned cultivation of the currants – along with black currants and gooseberries – when a fungal disease known as white pine blister rust began to attack the plants.
What is red currant jam made of?
Red currant jam is usually seedless, and the berries, stems and all, are run through a food mill or chinois sieve to separate the meat from the seeds and stems. That method is much easier, especially for larger quantities of red currants. Since I want to keep the seeds in my jam, I hand stem the red currants.
Do redcurrants contain pectin?
Red currants are high pectin so you don’t need to add any lemon juice.
What’s the best way to make red currant jam?
Gently crush the currants with a potato masher. Add the sugar and cook the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, raise the heat to high and boil, stirring often, until the jam reaches the gel point .
How to get red currants out of canning jars?
Wash the currants and remove them from their stems.* Sterilize your canning jars. While the jars are sterilizing, put the red currants and water in a large, non-reactive pot (no cast iron unless it is enameled, and no aluminum). Gently crush the currants with a potato masher or the bottom of a wine bottle.
Do you put red currants in pint baskets?
If you find red currants in pint baskets at the farmer’s market, they’ll still have stems attached in fruit clusters because that gives them an extra few days of shelf life. It also saves the farmer a lot of work. Still, even with stems attached, their days are numbered.
When is the best time to use up red currants?
It also saves the farmer a lot of work. Still, even with stems attached, their days are numbered. Once you get a basket of red currants home, it’s best to use them up that same day.