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.

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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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10 comments:

  1. great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a wonderful post! : )

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

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

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

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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??

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  8. 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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