[Sca-cooks] currants

kristiwhykelly at aol.com kristiwhykelly at aol.com
Fri Jun 18 08:14:44 PDT 2010

last year, I made jam with the currents, and I made a rather nice fruit leather from the stuff left in the food mill.  But was wondering how it would freeze, sad mess at defrost time or useable?

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From: Pixel, Goddess and Queen <pixel at hundred-acre-wood.com>
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Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] currants

On Thu, 17 Jun 2010, Stefan li Rous wrote: 
> Grace asked about elderberries but then asked about currants: 
> <<<  I also have a huge crop of currents.  So, do I freeze the currants and use them 'fresh' for my tarts or should I be drying them? >>> 
> currants-msg (22K) 9/ 3/08 Medieval currants. Red or black currants, not "raisins of Corinth". 
> http://www.florilegium.org/files/FOOD-FRUITS/currants-msg.html 
> Currants show up in a lot of medieval recipes. You might also try going to the top page of the Florilegium an plug "currant" into the search engine there. That should point you to a number of other recipes. 
> Stefan 
Actually, Stefan, now that I re-read her message she's talking about red or black currants, not dried currants which are actually teeny raisins. Red and black currants are Ribes rubrum and Ribes nigrum respectively, they're in the gooseberry family. 
I have a small black currant bush and a larger red currant, and I've been stockpiling the harvests in the freezer for a number of years now until there's enough to do something with since my red currants are particularly seedy. 
We've talked about the difference between the two different fruits called currants on the list before, I know. 
Margaret FitzWilliam 
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