Saturday, 15 October 2011

Homemade redcurrant cordial

It's refreshing, it's sweet, it's fun to make so I just had to share with you the gorgeous redcurrant cordial that my father in law made during our summer in Sweden.

But before I do I should explain that I have lots of new homemade things (mobiles, Montessori inspired activities and toys) to add to the blog but with a newborn baby I am having difficulty finding the time to take photographs during the day (hence this post from the summer).  We are still finding our natural rhythm but enjoying each and every day immensely as a family.  Not a day goes by that I don't think about how lucky we are to all be together everyday.

Anyway, back to the cordial....

Farmor and Farfar showed Freddy how to pick redcurrants from a bush in the garden.

Freddy loves to pick berries so this was the perfect activity in itself and great for fine motor skills.  He pointed to them before picking and was excited to find big groups of them hidden deep inside the bush.

We managed to collect a mixture of redcurrants and blackcurrants (Freddy ate most of the red ones).

The berries went into a large pan along with the stalks (which is handy because removing the stalks from all of those little berries would take a long time!).  Then water was added.  I think that the amount of water and sugar added was 'lagom' rather than a measured amount (in Swedish the word lagom means 'just the right amount' and it is a term used all the time to avoid the need to give a specific quantity).

The berries and water are then brought to the boil and simmered for a 'lagom' amount of time.

Now comes the fun part.....

A thick piece of twine is hung around the light just above the kitchen table.

Which is then used to hang a tea towel containing the softened fruit.....

 Which drains through the towel and into a bowl...

It takes a long time for all of the juice to strain through the towel so Freddy put together his own pouring activity with some left over berries.

And voila! Once the cordial has been transferred to a sterilised glass bottle it can be stored in the cupboard or fridge.   It is simply diluted to taste with cold water and can be kept for several weeks.

If you want to know the proper way to make this cordial you can see here.

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