Here are some great recipe ideas to make the most out of your fresh and frozen red currants!
❤️ What are red currants?
Red currants are ruby red berries that grow on a strand together. They ripen in the summer months, from June to July, making them super seasonal fruits.
The berries are widely used and loved in Europe, where they also originated.
Red Currants taste tart and a bit bitter and are not that sweet. Yet, if the bush is located in a sunny spot, the fruits will turn out a bit sweeter, than those who grow in the shade.
There are also other currant varieties, such as the lesser-known white currant, black currant (aka cassis), and the Jostaberry. The white ones are the sweetest.
🖋️ Recipe Ideas
Here are some great uses for your red currants. Most turn out best with fresh red currants, but you can also use frozen red currant.
Dehydrated Red Currants
- 1 pound Red Currants
- Wash your berries well to get rid of all impurities.1 pound Red Currants
- Dry them carefully with a clean kitchen towel. Keep in mind that red currants can stain. You don't want extra water on the berries as this can prolong the drying process.
- Keep your dehydrator ready as per instructions. Turn the device on.
- Place and spread the currants on the dehydrator baskets. Don't overcrowd as this can prolong the drying time too but also keep enough berries to dry to use the space properly.
- Keep one basket over the other on the dehydrator. As per device, you may be able to stack up to 10 baskets. The more baskets with fruits the longer it can take for the berries to dry in the top baskets.
- Keep the berries to dry at a medium to high temperature (about 135. F./60. C.) or as per device instructions. The drying time is about 16 hours.
- Check on the drying process of your dried red currants. I like to switch the position of the baskets every few hours so that the fruits get equally dried and I make sure that the berries don't stick on the grid.
- Dry crispy or chewy, the way you want. Store your cooled and dried berries in an airtight container until further use.