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As it’s that time of year again with lunch boxes and school uniforms, this is an extremely frugal recipe and nutritious! Packed with Vitamin C and just preserved in the age-old way with sugar and a little vinegar, it is extremely easy to make.

I was given this recipe during the summer by a woman I have never had the pleasure of meeting.  Having a large batch of blackcurrants and needing a tried and tested recipe, she kindly offered me this delicious Blackcurrant Cordial  that she makes for her children.

I did the taste test with a well known brand versus this cordial without informing my own children, and they adored it and couldn’t tell the difference!

Needless to say I felt very smug. So no more expensive shop bought cordial (which shall remain nameless) in the shopping basket for this pantry. 

Thank you Mrs Mathews!

INGREDIENTS (yields 6 small lemonade bottles)

  • 2 1/2 lb of blackcurrants
  • 6 lbs sugar
  • 4 litres of water
  • 8 fl ounces white wine vinegar

 

Place the bottles in the dishwasher put through a cycle at the highest setting without any detergent or tablet.

Boil the blackcurrants and water together for 15 minutes.

Strain through an ordinary sieve and place back into the saucepan adding the  sugar and stirring until dissolved approximately 5 minutes over a medium heat.

Add the vinegar and boil for another 5 mins.

Sediment may settle at the bottom of the bottle, which is perfectly fine but if wish you can strain the liquid again through muslin to remove it.

Using a small funnel pour through into the sterilised lemonade bottles.

Serve diluted one part to three with sparkling or spring water.

Store in the fridge after opening for up to 4 weeks.

Enjoy the taste and the vitamins!

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