A good year for Blackcurrants...

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  1. misterQ

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    Due to the cooler weather, less effort was required to get a good crop of these.[​IMG]

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    This is what I did with them.
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    Just a few moments earlier:

    About 1.2kg total over two pickings.
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    Blackcurrants and about 1.5kg of sugar brought to a roiling boil.
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    The skinning test, done three times at three minute intervals to get the set right.
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    Sterilising the jars and lids.
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    And, finally, the buttered toast test.
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    Yep, it's good!


    Did anybody else get a good crop?
     
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    • Mike Allen

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      Takes me back. Top & tailing the berries, especially the gooseberries. Those were the days.
       
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        A relatively low drop for me this year, so far, misterQ. Everything else is excellent.
        Mind you, the new puppy chewed one of the bushes to near nothing so 50% crop lost immediately :noidea:
         
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        Yes

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        They'll eat all the local cherries next.
         
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        • misterQ

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          Sorry to hear that.

          Incidentally, are you the one with the variety called Ebony - which are large, sweet and can be eaten freshly picked from the bush?
           
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          Ha ha, not this year as we took pre-emptive measures by harvesting like lightning.

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          No Mr. Q ...Ben Sarek.
          Ebony sounds interesting though :)
           
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          They've developed a new tactic. After many years of waiting until the first few were ripe before netting (to reduce the time we'd have to check every day for Blackbirds trapped in the netting) the local Pigeons now eat the lot before they're ripe. They do the same with Cherries.
           
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