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How do you prepare blackcurrants for jam?
Last Updated: 17th June, 2020
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Herein, how do you prepare blackcurrants?
To prepare: To remove the berries from the stalks, hold each stalk at the top with the berries at the bottom and run a fork down each one. The berries should come away easily, without being damaged. To cook: To stew blackcurrants add a little water and 50g sugar per 450g of fruit, simmer gently until just tender.
why is my blackcurrant jam not setting? If the jam was too runny, then next time you might want to add about 20% more pectin to start with, or make sure you bring to a full hard boil for 1 minute (not less, and not more than a few seconds longer). If it was too thick, add a little less pectin, and/or a bit of fruit juice before you cook it!
In respect to this, do you need to top and tail blackcurrants for jam?
It is usual to 'top and tail' them before making jam. If you are making jelly then it does not matter since you are going to remove the bits. Though presume that if you want really clear top quality jell then topping and tailing needs to be done.
Do Blackcurrants contain pectin?
Some fruits are high in pectin, while others have very little. One can compensate for those by mixing low and high pectin fruits such as blackberry and apple. Crab apples, blackcurrants, gooseberries, plums, redcurrants, cooking apples, cranberries, damsons, quince, oranges, lemons and many plums.