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Behemoth



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 10 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Vodka and fresh with yoghurt for me.

jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 10 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Behemoth wrote:
Vodka and fresh with yoghurt for me.


Is that for breakfast?

gythagirl



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 10 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I wait every year for my redcurrants to start to ripen, completely forgetting that the pesky blackbirds pick off each one as soon as it has a hint of pink - by the time I've cottoned on they've mostly gone without me seeing a single red fruit...you'd think I'd learn

maryf



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 13, 10 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Redcurrants were new for me last year as we inherited a bush, loads of fruit, picked daily, just rinsed, patted dry and kept in the fridge 'til I had enough to do something (3 or 4 days) I froze some which became flans and trifles later in the year. Ate them raw with ice cream, just cooked in pies, raspberry and redcurrant trifle went down well, my neighbour made jelly - still coming out with roast lamb! and the rest - 1 gal of just redcurrant, 1 gal redcurrant and raspberry and 1 gal of miribelle plum and redcurrant. Plenty on the bush again this year - plumping up but not ripening yet. I don't think that it had been pruned for some time - ditto the raspberry canes which I gave a severe haircut to and that too is loaded with fruit but not ripening yet.

VSS



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

you can't beat redcurrant jelly with slow roasted mutton

nettie



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 10 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We make redcurrant jelly, and my mum makes a rather superb raspberry and redcurrant wine.

touchwood



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Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 10 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks to everyone for the help and all the suggestions.

I started to pick some last night but once I tasted, 1 the rest didn't make it to the kitchen

I'll try again today, jelly and sorbet are definately on the to try list but then I love the sound of redcurrent pie, or cordials and especially vodka oohhh dear, they all sound so good, looks like I'll be taking some cutting for next year.

Thanks again everyone

nettie



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 10 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The cuttings take really easily, just stick em in the ground in autumn or march time and water them, hey presto loads of plants. I'm planning to make a bit of a hedge with mine, that I can just drape netting over.

touchwood



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 10 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Now there's an idea, I need to get some hedging sorted, cheers Nettie

gil
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 10 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I didn;t find the cuttings took as fast for me as tip layering - where you pin the ends of the branches down to the soil and that bit eventually takes root.

nettie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 10 1:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

touchwood wrote:
Now there's an idea, I need to get some hedging sorted, cheers Nettie


I'm hoping to do a mixed hedge thingy with goosegogs and blackcurrants too (admittedly it won't be that high, but it will divide off an area of the garden), and another of raspberries. I have pulled out raspberry shoots from the fruit bed, potted them up, and they have all lived. Hmmmm lots to do.

nettie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 10 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

gil wrote:
I didn;t find the cuttings took as fast for me as tip layering - where you pin the ends of the branches down to the soil and that bit eventually takes root.


Either's good, whatever's easiest. Anything that gets shoved in the ground and grows new roots over the winter is fine by me!

Last edited by nettie on Wed Jun 16, 10 10:07 am; edited 1 time in total

Erikht



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 10 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Red currants and white rum. Lovely schnapps.

touchwood



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Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 10 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've made some sorbet which I think OH is going to beat me to

Then yesterday I tried some cordial, which went down exceptionally well with some lemonade and vodka (Chickens loved the left over seeds etc)

Now if I can get rid of this in my head, I'm going to try some Jelly.

nettie



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 10 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I had some crushed into yoghurt yesterday with the first few blackcurrants and a couple of strawbs. Yuuuum

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