Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins
Not at all like tomato catsup, more of a smooth textured (lightly)spicy sweet chutney. Excellent with poultry dishes.
- 8 cups cleaned red currants
- 3 cups cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne
- 4 cups sugar
- The currants should be washed and picked over. Leave on the stems, but remove any leaves.
- Boil them with the vinegar until all are 'popped'.
- Strain well; discard seeds and stems. You should get about 5 cups of juice.
- Put the juice in a pot and add the spices mixed to a paste with a little of the currant juice.
- Bring to a boil and add the sugar.
- Boil hard for about 10 minutes.
- Start testing for "gel".
- There are several ways to do this, but the easiest is to put a drop on a frozen surface (like an ice cube) and see if it will wrinkle when pushed with your finger. Alternately, keep dipping you spoon in the mixture as it boils. Once it starts running off in two streams, keep careful watch: when it runs off in multiple streams, or in a sheet, it is done.
- When this is achieved, ladle into sterlized jars and seal with sterilized lids.
- The original recipe did not call for this, but I pop them back in the boiling water bath for 5 minutes just for safety sake.
Yum! Wonderful amount of spice with a slight tartness from the currants that was much enjoyed over turkey, much nicer than regular cranberry sauce. Rather than canning / preserving I made 1/5 of the recipe for use in the next few days, it scales well and there wasn't any real trick to making a smaller quantity other than to reduce the boiling time a little.