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Jam night

Sadly, that doesn’t mean rock’n’roll, it means it’s time to make summer fruit jam. Our first year, we went nuts making jam. After a few months, we realized…we really don’t eat all that much jam.

Still, all them red currants have to go somewhere! Good weekend, all.


Comment from BJM
Time: July 23, 2021, 8:31 pm

Maybe make some red currant juice…very easy and so good in a spritzer, cocktail or if you go the syrup route delish on pancakes, oatmeal and such. I made strawberry syrup a few weeks ago..a couple of ounces over ice and fill with a sparkling beverage,OJ, or adult beverage of choice.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 23, 2021, 8:39 pm

What recipe do you use please, BJM?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 23, 2021, 9:28 pm

Tell tell BJM! We’re still using your pickled egg recipe with great satisfaction.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: July 24, 2021, 1:33 am

Stoaty, you could go ahead and make a lot of jam and then do what my Great Aunt Phronia used to do. She’d sell it to friends and neighbors telling them that the proceeds would go to her church, then take the money and treat herself to booze, cigarettes, and Bingo cards.

At least the church got a little something out of it: they ran the Bingo games.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 24, 2021, 11:36 am

The Church of Saint Mattress, services taking place every morning.

Charity begins at home, yes?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 24, 2021, 6:32 pm

Stoaty—don’t forget the Sourthern tradition of leaving a sackfull of garden produce on the seat of an unlocked, unattended car. It’s usually yellow squash or zucchini, but I’d be pleased to find a sack of red currants in my car 🙂

Do chickens like currants?

Comment from BJM
Time: July 25, 2021, 5:35 pm

@Uncle Badger & Durned Here’s the recipe. Enjoy.

Comment from BJM
Time: July 25, 2021, 5:44 pm

@Stoaty…fuchsia jam?! Fuchsia berries eaten with sugar and cream? An interesting concept, no?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 26, 2021, 1:53 pm

Back to the Fuschia?

‘Current’ recipe you linked to (more puns)
https://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2012/06/cold-strawberry-soda-on-hot-summer-day.html ?

I think you missed, but thanks for the recipe!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 26, 2021, 6:08 pm

We went with a redcurrant jelly. Got a better yield than expected. All is well.

I think I’ll put it in yoghurt.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 26, 2021, 6:40 pm

Thanks BJM!

I grow a lot of fuchsias (one of my favourite plants, since early childhood) so I had heard of fuchsia jam but the general consensus over here is that they don’t taste of anything much so aren’t worth the trouble. I’ve never tried it, I have to say. I’m just waiting for some clever breeder to develop a fuchsia with scent – then it would have everything! i

Comment from BJM
Time: July 26, 2021, 7:51 pm

@Uncle Badger…me too. My gran had about a zillion and they always sent me into fantasyland…they became faeries, angels, princesses, and ballet dancers in my cast of flower characters…especially those with the double and triple petals.

Is this not a glorious sight?

Alas, it’s too dry where I now live without a temp-controlled greenhouse. So now I’m into geraniums, but cast longing eyes on the fuchsias in the local nursery’s cool fern house.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 26, 2021, 8:29 pm

Indeed it is! And I very much agree with you about there being something magical about them, though I’m not really sure what it is.

Presumably you must be somewhere hot and dry? I have some in my greenhouse that I haven’t been able to get outside so far and they’ve survived, but it never gets much above 90 in there and I usually manage to keep it down to the low 80s and they seem happy enough, as long as they don’t suffer withering midday sunlight.

I think my affair with fuchsias began when I was a child as well – my grandfather (passer of the horticutural gene in my sett) had a gigantic hardy fuchsia in his garden and it fascinated me.

Several of my favourites were bred by a Californian, among them Jack Shahan ( https://www.mrnurseries.co.uk/store/product/fuchsia-jack-shahan ) and Swingtime ( https://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/fuchsia-swingtime/classid.2000023204/ ) both of which are growing well in the Badger’s garden.

Current other favourites are Garden News (hardy here!) https://www.vanmeuwen.com/p/fuchsia-garden-news/v48788VM and my current favourite of all, Marinka ( https://store.thegreenery.ca/products/fuchsia-marinka-1 )

And, yes, I asked Her Stoatliness to distract Akismet’s attention while I sneaked all those URLs past its withering gaze.

Comment from Mitch
Time: July 26, 2021, 8:38 pm

I crocheted a fuchsia flower once. Still have it around somewhere…

Comment from BJM
Time: July 27, 2021, 12:00 am

@Uncle Badger…OMG an all red fuchsia. I want. However, I’m in a hot and dry summer climate in California. Our heat peaks from 3-5 PM it’s 102 in the greenhouse at the moment, with auto roof vents and fan, and a free-standing 80% UV mesh tarp above it.

So no fuchsia for me…but I have sunflowers to die for…I planted black, cherry and red striped as well as the usual suspects. I guess they are all the rage this summer. This made me LOL! But of course!

Comment from BJM
Time: July 27, 2021, 12:02 am

@Mitch *bOOsh!* Mind blown.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 27, 2021, 7:41 am

ZOMG! A black sunflower!?

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: July 27, 2021, 3:48 pm

Fuscia just went on the list of things that must be in hanging baskets around the porches, SOON.


Comment from Dan Patterson
Time: July 27, 2021, 7:06 pm

I’ll happily pay for a few jars.
Howzabout it?

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