I love black currant juice. This is the first time I have made it myself. My sister and I visited our grandmother and picked black currant (and red currant, but more on that later) and I really wanted to make juice concentrate.
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I have always loved drinking black currant juice (aka ribena). I drink it with just plain cold water but also with hot water and honey (which is great for a sore throat). So let’s get started!
Start by rinsing the berries.
Then add them in a pan and weigh them (remember to tare before adding the fruit).
Add water. Estimate about 4-5 dl water per kg of berries. I think I used about 3-3.5 dl.
Bring it slowly to a boil, then add a lid and let the water extract the juice until the berries have collapsed and changed color.
It will end up looking something like this.
Strain the juice with a cheesecloth into a clean pot.
To get as much juice as possible I made this cute contraction and let it sit for about an hour.Then pour the rest of the concentrate into the clean pot and discard the fruit meat.
Then its time to sweeten it. I ended up with about 0.5 l with concentrate juice, so I added 100g of sugar. It really depends on how sweet you want it but I would estimate about 200-400g of sugar per liter of juice concentrate.
Bring it to a boil and let all the sugar dissolve.
Then pour it over to a clean and hot bottle. I boiled water (enough the cover the bottle) in a large pot and put the bottle in the water for about 5 mins to make sure it was clean. Just be careful not to burn yourself.
Here is the juice mixed with water. At first I just did not find it sweet enough (I am used to the store bought stuff), but the more I drank the more refreshing it felt.
All in all it was super fun to make juice and I will make so much more in the future. However it is really time-consuming and I think next year I might invest in a juice steamer – here is a great post on how it works.
adamstockdillAdam Stockdill says
Such a amusing post. I really like the black currant juice concentrate recipe and making process you show. Enjoy your drink.
Tammy Jones says
So I’ve literally just finished making your blackcurrant syrup. Could have done with doing it earlier in the day but hey its done and cooling in the fridge. My hubby drinks ribena all the time so hopefully this will surpass expectation and next time pick the currants before the birds get them.
could you use dried currants for the recipe? Do you think it’ll work?