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The gooseberries are ripe

Discussion in 'Lovely Grub' started by British Red, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. British Red

    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    ....and they make the king of jams!

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    Mesquite Anyone for sailing?

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    Mmmm... goosgog jam is delicious.

    If you don't get a good set and it's a bit runny, all is not lost as drizzled on vanilla ice cream it's a heavenly blend :)
     
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    Just spent two days down in the woods with a bunch of total beginners; they'd never seen wild gooseberry before! Mind you, they are the size of large peas :) (the gooseberries that is).

    Is it coincidence that gooseberries and elderflower are ready at the same time? My favourite Pie :)
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Gooseberries, a truly exotic fruit for me!
    Delicious!
    You are lucky to have such a good haul!
     
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    That sounds lovely. It’s that pre-bedtime of night when I’m itching for something like that, when a cup of tea and biccy is just dull.

    I miss our old fruitcage, it would be dripping raspberries and huge golden gooseberries by now, black/red/white currants and Japanese Wineberries on the way.
     
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    santaman2000 M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    You ain’t helping my blood sugar levels.
     
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    Gooseberry crumble! Mmmm mmmmm
    I'm waiting for mine. A week or so more and they'll be ready. I always stick a muslin bag of elderflowers in withe the gooseberrys when cooking them for a crumble. Lipsmackingly scrumptious. !
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I have to settle with mangoes. Bad crop this year, no more than 15- 20 are on the trees.....
     
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    I used to hunt birds with big Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.
    The gooseberries in autumn were always a treat that I left for the dogs to eat.
    The dogs are gone but the gooseberries remain. I don't really care for them.
    Prune heavy in the late autumn and transplant?
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    A sharper runny gooseberry jam is lovely with wild duck too
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    It's a great combination, but so is gooseberry & chilli
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Plenty more to come yet but we only harvest a few kilos at a time as the processing takes time
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I transplant once the leaves have fallen. They are fairly heavily rooted so a good prune & a sharp flat spade.
     
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    My missus bought me a Jostaberry plant, cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant, obviously no fruit this year, but looking forward to next to see what we can make with them
     
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    The sharp wild ones make a good addition to the sweeter cultivated variety when jam making. I also like them in an apple and gooseberry and elderflower fruit leather.
    Today I'm making pear apple and star anise fruit leather.
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    For my fellow gooseberry lovers, here is our recipe for what we think of as (queue Carlsberg gravely voice);

    "Probably the best gooseberry jam....in the world"!

    I've thrown in our jar secrets, a spice secret or two and even how we get free pectin. Hope its enjoyable



     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I will watch this later. Always nice to learn something new on the food front!

    Do you have Black currants? Any pro ideas there?
     
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    I just had breakfast but now I’m hungry again.
     
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    British Red M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    We grow all the currants (black, white & red). I may well layer off another hundred square feet of blackcurrants, they are so versatile! Try sloe & blackcurrant jelly on venison, its incredible!
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Blackcurrants are the only domestic fruit I have and can pick, so grateful for ideas.

    Could Rowanberry be used? Maybe crushing/boiling out the juice first?

    I still remember finding feral gooseberry bushes around old abandoned farms in Sweden on my treks. Fantastic fruit!
     

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