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I often use currants instead of pectin in making jams. They add a lively tang and ensure the jam sets beautifully, especially since I use as little sugar as I can get away with. Use red currants and red raspberries together, or black currants with black raspberries.
- Wash the currants and put them in a sauce pan with the water.
- Cover the pot and bring to a boil, stirring gently, until the currants are all popped.
- Press them through a sieve, and reserve the puree.
- Discard the skins, stems and seeds.
- Gently rinse the raspberries and drain them well.
- Mix the currant puree, raspberries and sugar in a large pot.
- Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
- Boil hard until the mixture almost reaches the gell stage, about 20 minutes.
- Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Remove from the heat and skim.
- Seal in sterilized jars.
- Put in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
Love this recipe! So basic and so yummy! On my second batch I used 1 1/2 Cups of Honey instead of sugar. Not a bad substitute at all, but my next batch will be sugar again. Thanks!
This is fantastic! I have some currant bushes in my backyard and was looking for recipes to use them. This is a keeper. I freeze my currants until the peak of raspberry season and then make it.
With all the black currants and raspberries I had, I was really glad to find this recipe. The only thing I did differentaly was not to strain the currants. Just left the pulp, etc. in and added the raspberries and sugar. It tastes wonderful and has a wonderful color. I will be keeping this recipe for future use for sure. Thanks. Margo Friesen