Gooseberries!

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  1. Shygal

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    Ive a ton of them, what can you do with them? :shrug:
     
  2. Christiaan

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    Gooseberry Fool

    Clean the berries, put in a saucepan. For each quart of berries add one or two tablespoons butter and sugar or honey to taste. Cook until you get a thick sauce. Carefully taste and adjust sweetness. I like it really tart. Cool.
    Whip up cream, not too sweet. Stir chilled gooseberry sauce into whipped cream in a one to one ratio. Chill. Very yummy!
     

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    They make excellent berry pie.
     
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    Goose berry ice cream, it is light green.
    But in Canada they make pie out of them.
     
  7. Tabitha

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    My mom had us pick them before ripe and canned them. Then in winter she would make gooseberry tarts.
     
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    If you are in a White Pine Blister Rust control area: PLEASE DESTROY THE GOOSEBERRY PLANTS!!
     
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    Gooseberry Chutney
    1.5kg gooseberries
    250g onions, chopped
    500g sugar
    300ml water
    15g salt
    1 tablespoon ground ginger
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    600ml vinegar

    Top and tail the gooseberries, chop roughly. Cook the gooseberries and onions together in the water until onions are well softened. Add remaining ingredients and simmer until the mixture becomes thick, stirring occasionally. Bottle while hot and cover immediately.

    Gooseberry Curd
    2 cups gooseberries
    2 tablespoons water
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    2 eggs
    1 egg yolk

    Rinse the gooseberries and put them in a non-corroding saucepan with the water. Cover and cook over low to medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until the gooseberries are very mushy. Puree them through a food mill or a strainer. You should have about 1 1/4 cups of puree. Stir the sugar and butter into the warm puree and heat, stirring constantly. Whisk the eggs and the egg yolk just until mixed, then whisk in a little of the hot gooseberry mixture to heat the eggs. Return to the pan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is well thickened. Pour into a container, cover, and chill. Serve on toast or muffins, as a tartlet or as a cake filling. Store for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

    Gooseberry Jam (2)
    1kg gooseberries (about 8 cups, husked)
    4 cups sugar
    1 cup water
    grated rind and juice and 2 lemons

    Measure the sugar and water into a large saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Add the gooseberries, lemon rind, and juice. Bring to a full rolling boil again, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover with a clean towel, and let stand overnight. Next day, return to the heat, and again bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook gently until transparent (about 15 minutes). Immediately pour into hot, sterilized glasses seal at once.

    Gooseberry Meringue Pie
    2 cups gooseberries
    1/2 cup water
    1 cup sugar
    1/4 cup flour
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    23cm baked pastry shell
    2 egg whites, beaten stiff
    4 tablespoons sugar

    Cook gooseberries in water until tender. Mix 1 cup sugar, flour and salt. Add to gooseberries, cook until thick. Cool. Pour into baked shell. Spread with meringue made of egg whites and sugar. Bake at 180°C 12-15 minutes.

    Spiced Gooseberries
    8 cups gooseberries
    4 1/2 cups brown sugar
    1 cup cider vinegar
    1 stick cinnamon
    8 cloves
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    2 whole allspice

    Wash berries, remove stems and blossom ends. Place sugar, vinegar, and spices together in a large saucepan, add 1/2 cup of water and boil for 5 minutes. Add gooseberries and simmer for 30-40 minutes. When the berries are tender and the syrup is thick, turn into hot sterile jars and seal.
     
  10. Alex

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    Thanks for all the info.

    Alex
     
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    Why CF? And how do you know if you are in a white pine blister rust control area?

    This bush has been here for years , I think it would take dynamite to get it all out! LoL
     
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    Trust me, ONE is all you will ever need. They grow and spread greatly.
     
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    Gooseberries and currants (Ribes sp.) are alternative hosts for the fungus that causes white pine blister rust. This disease has wiped out many white pine forests in the northern US and Great Lake states. The best control of the disease is to eradicate currant and gooseberry bushes when ever they are located within and near white pine forests. The disease cannot spread from pine to pine, it can only spread when it uses a currant or gooseberry as an alternative host. This fact sheet explains the problem better than I can: [urlhttp://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/dwhitep.htm[/url]
     
  14. Alex

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    Cabin,

    Is this a problem in northern BC, with our Pine trees? Three years ago, we transplanted three Pines to a spot 50 ft from where I just planted my new Gooseberry bush. The trees are doing OK, up about 4 1/2 ft tall.

    Do I have to kill my Gooseberry?

    Do you know? The article you reference says the problem is with the eastern White Pine.

    Thank you,

    Alex
     
  15. Bruce in NE

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    I think you should destroy the gooseberries, too. Just put them in a good container and mail them to me. I'll take it from there.
     
  16. Alex

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    Bruce,

    HA. None yet this year. Of course you want me to mix them up in Gooseberry Chutney, or Gooseberry Fool before I send them, right?

    OK, I gotta get to work.

    Alex
     
  17. Cabin Fever

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    Alex, what kind of pines did you plant? As far as I know, there is only one kind of white pine and that is the Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus). I think that Minnesota is the farthest west that this species is located...so you're off the hook!
     
  18. Alex

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    Cabin,

    Thanks, going to make Gooseberry Fool and eat myself. I won't send a drop to you Brian.

    OK, now I am at work.

    Thanks again everyone for the important information.

    Alex
     
  19. Shygal

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    Would it be shameful to try this with Cool Whip? :eek:
     
  20. VApigLover

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    Figures, I have five Goosberry plants located a few feet south of several Eastern White Pines.......Thus far no problems but so much for do it yourself plant selection! :shrug: