Many of you may not know what a currant is, but let me tell you it is amazing! You definitely need to find a way to get access to these amazing little berry type delights! Currants are the berries from a Fast Growing Shrub; that grow in a clustered ‘grape-like’ fashion. They are a little on the bitter/sour side. But they can be turned into some of the most amazing treats. Because of my love of currants I love to enjoy them all year long, so I’m going to share with you how to freeze currants without sugar so you can enjoy them all winter long!
Freeze Currants for use all year long.
I love freezing currants because it allows me to use them just as if they were fresh off the bush. And if you freeze currants properly, you can enjoy for a full year until your current bush is ready for harvest the next year! You never have to go without your fresh currants again!
To begin you simply wash the currants, just like anything else. You want to sort through and make sure all stems have been removed. You also want to look out for dried up berries that could have gotten mixed in, leaves, twigs, etc. Due to their outer skin on the currants you don’t need to add any lemon juice, or sugar to help store them well in the freezer.
Once the berries are all clean, let them drain until they are no longer wet on the outside. Then spread them into a single layer on a cookie sheet.
You will freeze currants until they are fairly solid. You don’t want them to squish when you package them. This can happen anywhere from 5 hours to 24 hours. It all depends on how many currants you have, and where you place the cookie sheet in your freezer.
Now my preferred method of storing frozen foods in my freezer is by using a FoodSaver. I’m not paid by them to say that. It is simply because it is the most effective way to keep your food fresh and free of freezer burn. But if you don’t have a FoodSaver, you will want to use the highest quality freezer bag you can find. And be sure to remove as much air as possible before you seal up your currants into the freezer.
I estimate the size of FoodSaver bag I will need for the amount of currants I have. Then I make sure to label the bag before I put the currants inside. It is just a lot easier to label the bag while it is flat instead of after all the bumpy currants are inside. But make sure you label with a sharpie permanent marker. You don’t want your labeling to come off. And make sure you label at minimum the month and year and produce you are putting into the bag. This will help you with your food storage rotation and also help you know to use the oldest first.
Using a spatula, remove the currants from the cookie sheet. Then fill the FoodSaver bag, or the freezer bag you will be using. I then use the FoodSaver to suck all the air out of the bag. Just to be on the safe side, I used the Wet setting on my FoodSaver. It did a fantastic job on compacting all the currants together and keeping all the air out.
Now you are done! That’s it. It is super simple to freeze currants for use all year long. With the Foodsaver method your currants should now last about 1 year or a little longer. If you are using a Freezer bag method, you can expect your currants to last from 3-6 months based on how much air you removed, the quality of the bag and where in your freezer you store it.
Now you can use your currants just like fresh currants! My favorite method is making current muffins. They are a huge family favorite. And for them you keep the currants frozen. But you can also make amazing jams, jellies and syrups from currants as well! I made the most amazing Raspberry, Blueberry, Current jam a few years ago. I’m almost out now, so I’m excited to make a new batch for our food storage shelves!
Looking for more techniques to freeze produce? Try our tutorial on How to Freeze Raspberries or How to Freeze peaches without Sugar! Both are a hit and allow you to enjoy these favorites all winter long.
What are your favorite things to create with currants?
Have you ever tried to freeze currants before?