My sweetie adores red currant flavored things – I’d love to do a red currant syrup for use in cocktails and homemade sodas (thanks to our trusty Penguin). I’d also love to do a red currant wine and have my own little Anne of Green Gables moment; if only I had Marilla’s recipe! While I’m thinking of an alcohol free version, this could be fun as well; the recipe sounds remarkably old fashioned.
After picking up some frozen red currants online (curses for not having this stuff here in the Bay Area!), I’m scouring the internet for proof that I can use these wildly expensive frozen berries to make stuff. I can find plenty of recipes for things to make, but everyone talks about FRESH berries, which I just don’t have access to. I might have to pull on my trailblazing pants and just see what happens. Of course I could’ve just purchased the dang stuff, but what fun is that?
My friends at Chowhound say it’s probably possible, thankfully, to make jams with frozen berries at least. They also led me to the wonderful world of freezer jam, which I have never heard of. It can even be made South Beach friendly! One recipe for freezer jam I found involves just mixing together a few ingredients, and freezing. Um, I can do that!
As for a cordial (this one sounds nice, if a little more gourmet than I planned), I’m not entirely sure. And when I saw cordial – I’m really thinking cordial like Australians mean it – a flavored syrup for mixing with water in a Kool-Aid like concoction. So really, I just need to make syrup out of it. SURELY I can just boil down the berries, add some water and sugar, and from there keep it as syrup, or go one step further to jam. SURELY.
I just found some great info on growing red currants here. I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple of bushes and see how they do!