Sunday, 12 June 2011

mmmm...blackcurrants from the allotment

I remember, when I was a teenager living in North Bedfordshire, my friend Frances and I went blackcurrant picking. What I remember most, was how back breaking picking blackcurrants was, for very little pay! It was brought to mind when I was picking my very own blackcurrants on the allotment. I managed to pick 1.2kg from my one bush and there is at least another 2kg to pick once they ripen. The next step was to convert them into gorgeous blackcurrant jam, which I did with the following recipe:
 Simmer 900g  of blackcurrants in 570ml of water for about 30mins until tender. Add 1.23g of warmed sugar.
dissolve the sugar over a low heat and then boil rapidly for about 10 mins.
Test for setting by spooning a little jam onto a cold plate (place 2 or 3 small plates in the freezer compartment beforehand) let it cool and  when pushed with your finger it crinkles, it is set. If not just boil again for a few minutes and try again. Leave to cool for 15 mins then ladle into warmed sterilised jars.
Voila, home made bread and jam....mmmmmm delish!

My next project, (once I have finished knitting some gorgeous socks in really pretty wool which is designed to knit up looking like Fair Isle, and it does,) is going to be made in the following fabrics:
but I am not saying what the project is, not yet, watch this page!

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