Saturday, 23 July 2016

Currantly making...

See what I did there?  Ha ha!! What can you make with 9lbs of blackcurrants that's not jam?  Well last night I started some Cassis.  This morning I made Blackcurrant Chutney from this ancient recipe (if you've never visited Bealtaine Cottage I suggest you go have a look!) I tested it with some goats cheese.  YUM!!!

I doubled the recipe and used 2lbs of blackcurrants.  It made 5 x 1lb jars.  

I used 5lbs of the frozen blackcurrants to make cordial.  I based it on this recipe I used 5lbs of frozen berries and 1 litre of water.  That made about 3 litres of juice so I added 1.5kg (gulp!!) of sugar.  Apologies for mixing metric and Imperial measurements.  My lovely mum had weighed everything into pounds.

I actually have 4 bottles of cordial and it's delicious!

And finally I made Blackcurrant Vinegar, loosely based on this recipe I didn't have red wine vinegar so used the rest of the distilled vinegar as it's what I had!  I used 1lb of currants, 1/2 lb sugar and about half the jar of vinegar.  I didn't have any cinnamon sticks but will get some and pop one in.

And that's what you can do with 9lbs of blackcurrants!  Now I've got to think of some things to use up raspeberries and gooseberries.


  1. I've saved the Beltaine recipe too, it sounds very good. Am making blackcurrant jam today though :)

  2. Brilliant usage of your berries :-)

  3. I make blackcurrant cordial and sorbet. The sorbet is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. No need for an ice cream maker either. Helen in France