[NAFEX] Blackcurrqant Cassis

Kathryn Mathews kathmath at charterinternet.com
Thu Dec 6 15:35:45 EST 2007

Do you need to refrigerate this or does it keep at room temperature without
any canning procedure?
Kathryn Mathews

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  -----Original Message-----
  From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org]On Behalf Of Karen Tillou
  Sent: 12/06/2007 1:32 PM
  To: North American Fruit Explorers
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Blackcurrqant Cassis

  cherries in brandy are super delicious, easy and long lasting - get a
decent quality of brandy to start - i go for a bottle between the bottom
shelf rotgut and upper shelf quality. this is a recipe from Keeping Food
Fresh, a book of french food preservation recipes:
  sun cooked cherries in brandy
  1 quart unwashed cherries with stems left on, but cut to 1/2 inch long
  1/2 cup sugar
  1/2 cup brandy
  1 quart canning jar and lid

  fill jar to the rim with cherries, packing them well.
  add the sugar, then the brandy, close the lid.
  leave the jar out in the sun for one month (longer in cloudy weather),
shaking the jar after one week in the sun.
  good for up to two years.

  so - great success, you could vary the sugar amount some to get it sweeter
or not i suppose, but no cloudyness or ugly color to the brandy. the whole
fruit with stem on i think helps with the cloudy problem. this yields yummy
drinks, dessert fruit with a kick, and my jar just turned two this summer,
and the remaining bits are still as good as the first. i would try this
recipe with any small, whole berries - currants, rubus . i suspect small
dessert quality pears might be nice too, though the most flavor would come
from chopped up fruit, and that might create cloudyness.
  but clouds not withstanding, if the flavor is there, who cares!
  vodka steeped any fruit is good too - though the blueberry vodka was a
dissappointment. but currants, pear, apple, quince! oh! yummy. good for
ridiculous flavored cocktails in midwinter.

  happy steeping...
  oregon zone 8a

  On Dec 6, 2007, at 8:56 AM, Thomas Olenio wrote:

Hello All, Tom suggested I post this cassis recipe, so here it goes. We are
leaving this with a friend who will be staying at our farm when we are away
for the next few weeks. Hopefully she can catch the currants before the
birds dive in and ransack the bushes. I found this in a wonderful book - "
The Cook and the Gardner" by Amanda Hesser, A Year of Recipes and Writings
from the French Countryside. You can make this in any amount, you just need
to be really accurate about quantities / proportion for the juice and the
sugar. It is made in two parts, at picking time and then about 4 to 6 months
later. We usually complete part two late November or early December when
it's really a disgusting grey, rainy day and enjoy having the fruit smells
all through the house. The tasting is also kind of fun. We drizzled pot
scrapings over biscotti and they were heavenly. MADAME MILBERT'S CASSISMakes
2 One-Quart MasonJars PART ONE IngredientsEnough black currants to fill the
jars ( about 3 to 4 cups per jar )Eau-de-vie or vodka ( the alcohol countent
should be 80 proof  ) to cover the currants - usually 3 to 3 1/2 cups per
jar Sterilize the jars with boiling water and dry them with a clean towel.
Loosely pack the black currants in the jars, leaving 1/2 inch of space at
the top of each jar. Cover with eau-de-vie or vodka and seal. Store for 4 to
6 months . PART TWO You will need sterilized wine bottles and some corks.Be
very accurate when measuring the proportion of juice to sugar. Bring the
fruit and eau-de-vie or vodka mixture to a boil in a saucepan. Strain the
juice into a large bowl, crushing the fruit with the back of a large spoon
to extract the maximum amount of juice. Measure the juice you obtain, then
measure out an equal amount of sugar. For every quart of black currant
juice, for example, add one quart of sugar and one cup of eau-de-vie or
vodka. Combine them in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and cook until the sugar
has completely dissolved and the mixture turns thick and syrupy, coating the
back of a spoon. This takes about ten minutes. As the mixture cooks and the
sugar dissolves, the liquid turns glossy. As it nears the perfect stage, it
drips from the spoon in a thin, syrupy thread. Remember, it will thicken
slightly as it cools and should reamin liquid, so do not bring to a jelly
stage. Pour through a funnel into sterilized wine bottles. Let cool and seal
with corks. The bottles are best for pouring. Comment: When we made this two
years ago, it turned quite thick, so we added a small amount of vodka which
brought it back to syrupy. There's no comparison when you do a taste test
with the store-bought product. Enjoy!
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