I decided to use the strained juice to make a teeny tiny batch of jelly. I was thinking of the Potted Saffron Brioche I plan on making for breakfast tomorrow morning and thought how wonderful it would be to have a tart little dollop of wild red currant jelly to go with it. My 2 cups of fresh Swamp Red Currants only yielded 1/4 cup of strained juice. As you can see, it wasn’t quite enough jelly to fill this little jar, but it will be just enough to spread on a few brioche tomorrow morning!
Swamp Red Currant Jelly
8 cups wild red currants
2 cups water
4 cups of the prepared juice (after straining)
3-1/2 cups organic sugar (or whatever sweetener you prefer to use) Note: I only use half the amount of sweetener as we don’t like things to be too sweet.
Juice of 1 lemon
Combine the currants and the water in a pot. Gently crush or mash the currents to a pulp. Bring to a boil over medium heat and allow the mixture to boil for 15 minutes while stirring gently. Drain in a jelly bag for 3-4 hours or overnight.
Place the drained juice in a pot. Bring to a boil on medium heat and boil rapidly for 5 minutes.
Stir in your sweetener and the lemon juice. Boil hard for 10 minutes, stirring a few times. Test for the jelly stage. Pour into hot sterilized jars to within 1/4 inch to the top. Seal. Yield: 3 half pints.