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Home-made red currant vanilla jam! A tasty food gift!

on 15/06/2015

Today, I invented this lovely home-made red currant vanilla jam! I had lots of fresh ripe red currants from our allotment! Ooh yes! So, what to do with them, hey?

I tested different ideas but this was the best recipe yet. This is more of a really thick jam aka jelly like, I believe but this is because you have natural pectin in your berries & I used jam sugar, there is pectin added also.



This is a very delicious red currant jam with a hint of vanilla. I like my jams to be not so overly sweet so I used 1 kg of fresh fruits & 500 gr of jam sugar that only needs 3 minutes of cooking. Really? Ooh yes! Β You must try it,…It is so easy! πŸ™‚ The red currants & jam sugar are well mixed with a spoon & left to rest, outside the fridge for at least 3 hours. Then, the thing is cooked on medium-heat for exact 3 minutes. That’s it! πŸ™‚ You see how easy this can be? Just see at this lovely result:

This makes an ideal Food Gift! :)

This makes an ideal Food Gift! πŸ™‚


Recipe: For 4 medium jam pots + a bit leftover


1 kg red juicy red currants, rinsed, pad dry, only the juicy red ripe red currants, no stalks, please!

500 gr of jam sugar, that only needs 3 minutes of cooking. The jam sugar has in it: pectin, sugar, lemon acid.

1 teaspoon of organic vanilla seeds

extra needed: sterilized jam pots & lids, a funnel, a smaller soup ladle


1. Take a fitted cooking pot & add your red currants in it. Add your 500 gr of jam sugar & mix it through the berries with a spoon. Leave it to rest for at least 3 hours. The berries will absorb a lot of the sugar. Now, before boiling, I mashed a lot of my berries with a potato masher, like 20 times.

2. Finally, add vanilla seed powder & mix through the sugar-berry mix. Taste. You must taste a hint of the vanilla. Heat up on medium heat. When boiling, lower your heat & let the mix boil for 3 minutes, stirring often. This is all said on the package. Fill, your hot jam into your jam pot until nearlyΒ full, with help of a funnel & soup paddle. Place the fitted lid really good on. Turn the pots upside down to make it vacuΓΌm. Be careful not to spill any jam, it will be really hot! When cooled down, turn jam pots back & label them. Store them in a cool dry place for later use. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

How to use?

1. Smear it on some good bread!

2. Stir it through some lovely vegan yoghurt!

3. Serve it on top of vegan ice-cream!



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37 responses to “Home-made red currant vanilla jam! A tasty food gift!

  1. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    Homegrown red currants! wow … totally cool. The jam looks great, Sophie.

  2. Bernice says:

    Looks wonderful Sophie! I do not care for a sweet jam/jelly either – I would prefer for more of the natural flavors to come through. Whoever gets this as a gift is lucky!!

  3. ooooo. Look how pretty!

  4. My currants (red, pink, and white) had lots of flowers this year and are now covered in small green fruits so this recipe came just in time. Thanks!

  5. Dear God in heaven…! That Jam will come to our dreams, we know… And pectin is always good to have, for detoxification. Thank you for this lovely picture! It makes us smile to think you made somebody happy with that sweet little jar…

  6. jefboven says:

    I abolutely want

  7. atkokosplace says:

    I wish I could love this instead of just like! Who doesn’t have three minutes?! Super cool. I’d like to make this one day. Thank you kindly for sharing! Have a wonderful day! Koko πŸ™‚

  8. Eva Taylor says:

    Red currants are so European, I hardly see them in Toronto. The jam is a wonderful way to save the flavour of summer for the winter.

  9. Yum! Looks delicious! And definitely a great gift idea πŸ™‚

  10. KerryCan says:

    This sounds wonderful! We don’t have access to a lot of currants here but I may need to go on a search . . .

  11. I love this gorgeous red colour.

  12. What a treat, Sophie!

  13. Lauzan says:

    Thank you for the lovely pictures and this great recipe! It looks delish!! xxx

  14. chef mimi says:

    This is gorgeous! Now I need to get my hands on fresh currants!

  15. londarmonica says:

    Love this jam! πŸ˜‹

  16. boeddhamum says:

    The vanilla must make this red currant jam really special, Sophie.
    The red currants must have a great place on your allotment, so soon already πŸ™‚

    • Sophie33 says:

      Yes, they are a red currant type that gives already juicy ripe red berries in June: Jonkheer van tets! πŸ™‚

  17. Sean & Linda says:

    Your jam looks fantastic too! πŸ™‚ Waw! You are on a jam high! πŸ™‚ xxx

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