Monday, 26 July 2010

5 Things To Do With Blackcurrants In A Day

We have had so much fun today with just 400g of blackcurrants.
We picked these from our bushes but you could buy a couple of punnets and do exactly the same.

No.1: Make fabulous blackcurrant jelly

Easy too:
Put 400g of blackcurrants with top stalks removed, into a pan with a dash of water.
Heat until simmering NOT boiling for the juices to be released.
Press down with a spoon in the pan.
Strain and return liquid to the pan, add 50g of sugar.
Heat until dissolved. Soak 4 gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water for 5 mins.
Add the leaves to the warm pan and dissolve. Add half a cup of water to bulk it up.
Pour into desired moulds.

Delicious and oh so cute!
Great instead of jam on toast.

Important: Now take all the fruit bits discarded from the jelly recipe and add
about 2 cups of water. Bring to the boil and strain.
Retain the mixture for the following ideas.

No.2 : Make blackcurrant playdough

This takes 2 minutes and the recipe is from Minieco.

No.3: Dye a T-Shirt and some cloth ( or whatever cotton thing you want)

Soak what you want before in half a cup of salt and  enough cold water to cover.

Remove from the salt water.
Add half a cup or more of the blackcurrant juice.
Then rinse in cold water and dry on the line.

No.4: What to do with that piece of dyed fabric that's too nice to waste?

Wrap it around a glass and tie with a matching ribbon to make a vase.
He had to hunt in the garden for some flowers that were the same colour as the cloth.
We put this on our Summer Table.

No.5: Use it as watercolour paint

It then dries a purple-blue colour.


If you have anymore ideas I have a glass of the stuff in the fridge.
Was thinking of natural food dye for biscuits and icing sugar.

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  1. Fantastic post!
    I'll be bookmarking it for when we go blackberrying in the woods near our home, later next month.

  2. useful and creative!! love your site, too!

  3. That is the most amazing list!
    We went blackberrying today and just made jam.
    Now I feel we kinda missed a LOT of opportunities!

  4. Lovely ideas for blackcurrant. I bet the playdough smells nice. I've just put kilos of blackcurrants in the freezer, so I appreciate any ideas too.

  5. Wow! So many things to do with them... How about using the juice to make granita or sorbet? Make a syrup or cordial? Purred and dried to make fruit straps??

  6. oh yep - our birthday cakes seem to always be requested pink (pink dragon, pink hippo) and we use raspberries for that - perfect! great post.


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