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
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.