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    Default Blackcurrant Harvest -- Can They Be Frozen?

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    A newbie here. Been lurking around a little and found a lot of very useful info. Most of the stuff I have been growing has been in pots due t lack of space. Anyway last year I bought a Titania blackcurrant tree and I have just harvested from the tree for the first time. I have been trying to find out if I could dry the blackcurrants rather than freeze them so I could then add them to my cereals as I do with the dried cranberries I buy. Is it possible to do this? I would be grateful for any tips.

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    I froze mine last year....

    I gave them a quick wash, then spread them out on a tray in a single layer in the freezer.

    Once they were frozen, I bagged them up. Means that you don't get a 'clump' of frozen berries, they end up free-flow!

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    If you freeze them on a tray as OWG says, you can bag them up in small quantities so you've got enought in each bag for a batch of fresh blackcurrant muffins - which are delicious! (Just had one after lunch!)
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    I freeze them in summer, then add them to my porridge in winter. Yum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    If you freeze them on a tray as OWG says, you can bag them up in small quantities so you've got enought in each bag for a batch of fresh blackcurrant muffins - which are delicious! (Just had one after lunch!)
    Is there a recipe to go with this wonderful suggestion!?

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    Many thanks for the quick replies. Looks like no one dries them so I better go for the freezing option. Thanks again.

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    I freeze most of my fruit from what is over after making jams and eating them.

    I have a big container in the deep freeze with the following:- Redcurrants, Blackcurrants,
    Wild Strawberries, Goji, Cranberries and Blueberries.

    Then another with Gooseberries and Strawberries.

    I add a few from each with my cereals in the morning, normally I can get through a year until the next season.

    I also freeze Rhubarb, Cooking apples, Cherry and Plums.

    Yes, it is a big chest freezer in the garage.

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    Welcome to the vine Nickbug!

    I've just bought a Westfalia Food Dehydrator and haven't used it yet! Sounds like a good idea to me..........think I might give it a go! Wonder whether they will dry like tiny raisins?
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