Mulberry & Black Currant Vinegar & Shrub with Lemon Balm

Mulberry & Black Currant Vinegar & Shrub with Lemon Balm

This recipe started out as just vinegar.  Upon further research it morphed into a "shrub" aka a sweet & sour vinegar drink spiked with sparkling soda.  Both recipes come from Put Em' Up! Fruits by Sherri Brooks VInton.

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Black Currant Jam with Black Peppercorns and Rosemary

Black Currant Jam with Black Peppercorns and Rosemary

Very often I am drawn to the unusual.  Although its name is not unfamiliar to most Americans the black currant is not a common staple in the general US population's pantry.  Even more so it is absent from their gardens.  As par usual with me, not in with the mainstream...where do I sign up?! It was little over three years ago when I sent away for 3 Crandall black currant whips from St. Lawrence Nursery in New York.  Come spring  3 little sticks arrived that I popped int the ground hoping for the best.  Fast forward those three years and presto, a whopping 5 pound crop of berries!

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