How to Freeze Blackcurrants
If you’re feeling lazy or find yourself pushed for time, then popping your fresh blackcurrants in the freezer in a ziplock bag might just be enough. But, if you want your blackcurrants to retain their nutrients and original flavour, you need to add a few extra steps to this quick routine.
The lazy method might save you time and effort, but our method below will leave you with blackcurrants that taste fresh and retain their original shape.
We recommend an ‘open freeze method,’ which will allow your blackcurrants to retain their original appearance, and they will thaw out much better. We’ve listed out step-by-step instructions that you can follow to easily freeze the blackcurrants:
- Spread Blackcurrants Out on Trays
Grab a couple of baking trays and line them with parchment paper (or just use non-stick trays). Then, spread out your fresh blackcurrants over the tray.
- Ensure They’re Spaced Out
Make sure the blackcurrants are spaced out well so that they are not touching each other. This will ensure that the blackcurrants are individually frozen as opposed to a single lump if you directly freeze them in a bag.
- Flash Freeze
Put these trays in the freezer for a couple of hours. The recommended time is anywhere from 2-3 hours. Try to keep them as flat as possible.
- Bag Up
Once you feel the covering of the blackcurrants is hardened, remove them from the freezer. Then shake the blackcurrants into a plastic container or a Ziploc bag.
- Seal and Freeze
Don’t forget to seal the bag or the container tightly. Then just pop the blackcurrants back in the freezer until you want to use them.
Always remember, the fresher blackcurrants you freeze, the longer they will last. This will make sure that you can retain the nutrients and freshness of the blackcurrants for a longer period.
How to Freeze Blackcurrant Dishes
It’s rare that you’ll eat blackcurrants on their own. They’re perfectly safe to eat raw although they can be a little bitter. Instead, you’ll often use blackcurrants in a dish. We’ve covered a few popular options below and how to then go about freezing them:
How to Freeze Blackcurrant Compote
The good news is that you can freeze blackcurrant compote. As you’re probably aware, blackcurrant compote or jam is a perfect addition for your desserts and can even liven up a bowl of plain yoghurt (which can also be frozen).
The good news is that blackcurrant compote is very easy to freeze. All you have to do is pour your prepared blackcurrant compote into an ice cube tray. Don’t fill the ice cube tray up to the rim.
Leave some space as the compote might expand on freezing. Cover the tray with cling film and freeze it for a couple of hours.
After it’s frozen, pop the blackcurrant compote cubes and store it in a freezer-safe bag. When you want to use the blackcurrant compote next, just heat a few cubes in a pan, and you’re good to go!
How to Freeze Blackcurrant Cordial
Blackcurrant cordials taste best when served fresh. However, if you want to sip on this fresh tangy drink for the longer term, then you can freeze blackcurrant cordial!
If you want, you can store cordial in a cool, dry place for as long as a month and in the fridge for a little more than a month. This is the best way to go about storing it.
However, if you decide to freeze it then first, make sure you place it an airtight container, or it might start to ferment.
Alternatively, you can even store the blackcurrant cordial by freezing them in ice cube trays!
How to Freeze Blackcurrant Mousse
Unfortunately, you cannot freeze a blackcurrant mousse dessert. The reason is that the recipe for mousse involves a lot of fresh ingredients like egg whites, whipped cream, and gelatin which combined simply do not freeze well.
This is one of those dishes which will always work best fresh and won’t freeze well at all.
3 Tips for Freezing Blackcurrants
Now you know how to freeze them, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing blackcurrants to have the best results:
- Turn Blackcurrants into Dishes – Blackcurrants freeze well but they can also be turned into dishes that can be also be frozen. Both blackcurrant compote and blackcurrant cordial can be frozen successfully.
- Flash Freeze – Flashing freezing (not in the commercial sense) enables you to keep each blackcurrant separate. When you then eventually bag them up, they won’t clump together making it far easier to defrost a handful at a time.
- Try Mixing – Blackcurrants on their own can be quite tart to eat. But try mixing them with sweeter berries such as strawberries to create delicious fruit mixes that can be used in smoothies or atop breakfast cereals.
How Long Can You Freeze Blackcurrants?
If you want to store your blackcurrants for long periods, then consider freezing them when they are fresh. This way, the blackcurrants will retain their nutrients and will remain yummy even after a couple of months.
Ideally, you should use up the blackcurrants within six months of freezing them. That is why you should label every sealed blackcurrant bag with the date. Although they retain their flavour and nutrients for ten months, it’s better to consume them sooner rather than later.
You Can Freeze Blackcurrants for Around 6 Months
How Do You Defrost Blackcurrants?
When you use the ‘open freeze method’ for freezing your blackcurrants, they will be frozen individually. Freezing the blackcurrants individually makes it easy to scoop out the amount you need as opposed to defrosting a big lump.
Most recipes don’t need you to defrost your blackcurrants. If you want, you can simply rinse them out and then directly add them to the desired recipe.
If you want to defrost them, then just put the frozen blackcurrants in a bowl of lukewarm water. It will only take a couple of minutes for the blackcurrants to defrost! All you have to do next is drain and dry them, and they’re ready for any recipe.
Can You Refreeze Blackcurrants?
Yes, you can refreeze the blackcurrants. Just make sure that you refreeze them as soon as possible so that no bacteria or mould catches on. If you have kept your frozen blackcurrants out for long, consider cooking them into a puree or compote to freeze them again!
Do Blackcurrants Freeze Well?
The long and short of it is that blackcurrants freeze well, and you can enjoy these antioxidant-rich berries all year round!
It doesn’t make a huge difference whether you have frozen or fresh blackcurrants. They both have the same amount of nutrients and you’ll not notice a difference in taste too. Like most berries, blackcurrants are worth freezing.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing blackcurrants or blackcurrants in general, then these may help:
Do You Wash Blackcurrants Before Freezing?
We would always recommend giving fruit and vegetables a quick rinse under cold water to remove any bugs, dirt or debris. You don’t need to give them a thorough scrub but a gentle wash under running water will be plenty before you then get to freezing them.
Can You Freeze Mixed Berries?
Having mixed berries, ready to go from the freezer, can be a huge time saver – whether you just want a quick berry sauce or want a nutrient-packed smoothie. To freeze mixed berries, you’ll want to use the same flash-freezing method above.
Spread your berries out on a tray, flash freeze and then tip into a bag to store for the longer term.
Can You Freeze Redcurrants?
Yes, you can! In fact, although the colour is different and they have a slightly tarter flavour, the process for freezing them is exactly the same as the method we’ve outlined for blackcurrants. Just replace the blackcurrants with redcurrants.