They're like sparkling little jewels...I was soooooo overjoyed! The kiddos didn't remember ever having currants before. So, they poised themselves...held a little bubble of exploding warmth...and popped it in! Reaction....POW! Tart, yet sweet. I don't know if you can see it on their faces or not, but they liked them. We ate about half of them straight-up!
The other half I decided to pickle and can. I'm not sure if I actually did it right or not, because this was my first time trying to do anything with them besides make a jelly. I used a recipe I found in Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters. She actually says to pack the fruit into jars with self-sealing lids. Are these different from normal canning jars (I'm still just getting comfortable with canning at home...branching out)? Well, I used the normal method of canning and the currants puffed up...from the heat, I'm sure...which is what makes me wonder if self-sealing is different? Either way, they're gorgeous and I can hardly believe I have to wait 6 weeks to find out how it actually worked. I'll keep you posted. If nothing else, I'll have some fabulous currant vinegar!
from Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters
I just did a small batch, ~1/4 of a recipe
4 c. red currants
3 c. white or red wine vinegar I used red wine vinegar
1/4 c. sugar
1 allspice berry didn't quarter it, still used a whole one
2 cloves used one
Strip the currants off their stems-or leave them be; unstemmed, they make a pretty garnish as little branches of fruit. Bring the vinegar, sugar, allspice, and cloves to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Let cool. Pack the fruit into canning jarss with self-sealing lids prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour the cooled vinegar over the fruit and seal. Let sit in a cool, dark place for 6 weeks before serving.
My other treasures I simply wanted eat warm and seedy and wrapped in salty prosciutto...with a little mint from my yard. Perfection.
Have you run into anything unexpected and wonderful at your Farmer's Market or through a CSA or community garden lately? What was it and what did you do with it....create or simply enjoy?
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