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Red & Green Gooseberries
Wed 7-Aug-13
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mauramac
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I've just picked my first ever crop of gooseberries from the bushes I planted about 2 years ago.

I have a mix of red and green berries and in total just under a kilo in weight.

Can I make jam with the mixed berries or would the colour be unattractive?

I also have some redcurrants so maybe could mix the red gooseberries and currants together if the mixed gooseberries wouldn't work.

Has anyone made jam with red & green ones together?

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Wed 7-Aug-13
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As I mentioned earlier, I understood that green alone would produce a brown-y colour, but, as it has turned a delightful red colour, I cannot see why you can't mix the two, it should still come out red - well, that's my reasoning, anyway!!   laugh

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Thu 8-Aug-13
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I would not worry about the colour, taste is most important, and saving money, as far as I am concerned, and Gooseberry Jam is such a treat, wish my Gooseberries had not failed this year. Good luck!

Thu 8-Aug-13
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Ambersparkle said:

I would not worry about the colour, taste is most important, and saving money, as far as I am concerned, and Gooseberry Jam is such a treat, wish my Gooseberries had not failed this year. Good luck!

 

Thanks Christine, if it is for our own use I don't worry too much, but I sell most of my jams etc to raise money for dog rescue charities that I support so the colour and look of the jams is really important.

I'm going to give it a go today and see what happens. Funny enough gooseberry is not a big seller anyway but I love it. Kiwi jam tastes very much like gooseberry and is lovely if you cut it into small chunks as you get such a lovely burst of flavour when you bite into the little chunks.

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Thu 8-Aug-13
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Gooseberry Jam, is my most favourite, as am disabled, can,t get out and look for any. My Gooseberries just did not happen this year. I support a Dog with Dog,s Trust, and raise money to feed feral Cats by Cardmaking. I hope your Jam turns out beautiful. I have seen me adding a bit of colour. 

Fri 9-Aug-13
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Ambersparkle said:

Gooseberry Jam, is my most favourite

Oh I wish I could send you some of this batch – it turned out absolutely beautiful. Its got a gorgeous ruby red colour and the flavour is better than any other batch I have made. I definitely recommend either growing or buying red gooseberries just for jam making. I only had around 885gs in the end but it produced 5 x 8oz jars and 1 x 4oz jar.

I wonder if I could wrap one up enough in bubble wrap would it travel in post ok? If so I would be happy to send you one. Christine - message me your address and I'll see if it's posible.

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Fri 9-Aug-13
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That,s so kind of you, but would not put you to the bother. Maybe we will get to the Fruit Farm yet. My daughter has a Car adapted for a Wheelchair, and we usually go for fruit, but illness all round has prevented that, but maybe still time.  Am making  Apple Chutney today, had to use Apples they were getting past their best. My Trees are loaded, but not ready yet.

Fri 9-Aug-13
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Well, I don't mind honestly. Just bit worried about the postal process not being that gentle and a postie once told me that if you put a 'Fragile' label on a parcel it would definitely get chucked about....which is charming.

We live close to Dartford in Kent - are you anywhere near to that?

Apple chutney - not made that yet, must give it a go sometime. I have heaps of courgettes from my daughters allotment to use up so have defrosted some plums I bought from a farm shop and intend to turn it all into Hugh's Glutney Chutney which is delicious. Made it last year and got lots of orders for it again. It basically uses up any fruit or veg glut you might have - its a River Cottage one from Hugh Fearnly thingy.

http://www.cookveg.co.uk/vegetarian-recipes/recipe.....s-glutney/

Keep any eye open for the red gooseberries - they are worth using if cheap enough.

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Fri 9-Aug-13
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Tried to get a close up photo of the red & green gooseberry jam so you could see the colour.

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Fri 9-Aug-13
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That is definitely red Maura!

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The Liquineer said:

That is definitely red Maura!

I know - and no crushed beetle bodies big_laugh big_laugh

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Strange but true! I was looking for a  jar of my  daughter,s favourite jam, right at the back of the Cupboard,I only found a jar of Gooseberry jam, from last year! Well, that should satisfy my cravings. But thank you Maura, I live in Scotland, so would not like to trust the PO.

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