Bucketfuls of Blackcurrants

20 Jul

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It’s that time of year again – blackcurrant time !
I’ve picked several kilos of berries off just two bushes.
To avoid the sore back, I’ve adopted the picking method of cutting off all the most heavily laden branches from the bush, then picking the berries of these branches whilst comfortably sat at the garden table with a nice glass of chilled Picpoul de Pinet ! Result is pruned bushes and no sore back! I have used this method for the last three or four years and have always had heavy crops.

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This year I’ve made cordial – very easy and excellent with fizzy water and/or gin !

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My go-to blackcurrant cake is from Sarah Raven’s Cookbook – blackcurrant and almond cake – very easy, suitably gooey but nice and sharp when you hit a blackcurrant.

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Also made blackcurrant cheesecake ice cream which was delicious.
Still got plenty of berries in the freezer so any ideas welcome !!

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One Response to “Bucketfuls of Blackcurrants”

  1. lizard100 July 20, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I’m going to try that method next year. It took me two hours to puck ours from one bush this year! Magog a lot out of it though.

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