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Freezing black currants whole -- what about those little sprigs attached to them?

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Freezing black currants whole -- what about those little sprigs attached to them?

karykat | Aug 18, 2011 11:58 AM

I've been harvesting black currants from some canes of a friends. And tucking them away in the freezer for lots of things.

I've been just picking through them to be sure there aren't leaves or anything with the berries before freezing.

But I have a question about these little mini-sprigs attached to each berry. They are very little - a fraction of an inch. Maybe 1/4 inch at most.

But I'm wondering if it's ok to keep those on the berries if you are going to use them whole. Like to throw into a fruit cobbler with other fruit. Or use whole in a savory sauce.

Most of the ones I've frozen already still have these "mini-sprigs" on them. It would be laborious to take them off each berry individually. And impossible once they are frozen.

I know I can cook the berries and put them through a mini sieve to take the skins and sprigs off when I go to use them. Like for a syrup for in sparkling water or on fruit.

But what if I want to use them whole in February. Do I need to take the sprigs off the rest of the ones I'm freezing to have some to use whole later.

Or can I just not worry about it and figure these things are small enough that they won't be a problem in the finished sauce or whatever.

Any thoughts?

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