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Sunday, August 29, 2010

I'm Gonna Need Your Help On This One!

My MIL gave this to my husband the other day when he was over there and said that she had no use for it and that a friend of hers had brought it over from Europe. She figured I'd know what to do with it.
I'm glad she gave me such credit but I have to tell you that I have NO idea how to use this stuff. LOL!

I kind of figured that one of you really smart and knowledgeable people out there would tell me how I am supposed to use this with my cooking.
Does it go on toast?
Do you eat it with chicken?
Do you dip chips in it? LOL!

I really have no idea. I don't want to throw it away if it's good stuff but I don't have a clue what to do!
Here's a picture of the front!

And the back with the ingredients. 
Click the picture to make it bigger so you can read them.


So upon further investigation, I realized that it looks like it's out of date. Which means one of two things.

1. My MIL's friend forgot to pick something up for her in Europe and felt bad so she grabbed this out of her pantry, which had been sitting there behind the dried beans for years because someone had given it to her and SHE didn't know what to do with it.You know, the fruitcake effect!
2.  BB END JUL 2010 means something else.

Should I just chuck it or what?



  1. Noooo, don't chuck it. It's got wine in it....drink it! lol

    Actually, the date is usually a "sell by" date, and it's only one month past that.

    I Googled "serving suggestions for redcurrant sauce" and found this:
    Especially suited for adding a sweet flavor to wild game, this Red Currant Sauce can also be served on a variety of domestic poultry and fowl such as chicken, turkey, duck and goose.

    Now you know! ;-)

  2. Is the sauce a bit runny? If it is, it would be fantastic on pancakes or waffles, just use it instead of pancake syrup. My mom has always made all kinds of fruity syrups and sauces, and this looks very similar.

  3. I'm with you on this...I have no clue what to do with it. Maybe some one will know.

  4. Well, if it "expired" last month, I wouldn't worry about it actually being "out of date" just yet. I'm sure it's fine for a while longer.
    As for what to do with it, I would definitely say over chicken, like a chutney.

  5. I looked up recipes and saw that not only could you use it with wild game ('cause I'm sure you have a whole lotta that just sitting in your pantry - LOL), but as a sauce over chicken, pork chops, and pork loin roast, maybe over rice or pasta. Sounds yummy to me!

    And BB means "Best By" so it's not expired, just a little past its prime. Though it is made with wine, so not sure at what point the flavor changes.

    Hope that helps my friend! Big surprising-that-my-homesteading-canning-wonder-of-a-friend-didn't know-what-it-was size hugs to you!!! LOL! Have a SUPER day my friend! Love you!

  6. You almost always can use a product after the date stamped. Use the sauce on lamb or pork chops or brush on a cheesecake and top with fresh berries. It goes nicely with duck, so I'd think you could cook your goose with it, as well. 8-}

    Hey, I actually found a veejo for ya... I can't get the whole thing to play. Maybe it'll like you better.


    Take a little taste and see what it brings to mind. Wonder how it'd be with shrimp or scallops. OK, now I'm hungry. And no, I didn't go ANYWHERE today, so probably Ruby Tuesday and Tropical Smoothie tomorrow. Shouldn't everything be open 24 hours by now?

    Love ya loads, saucey sistah!
    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

  7. I'm with wild game or poultry. Dates never bothered me - it depends on the product. Jelly or sauces last forever. If there is no mold on top, eat away.

  8. We have a saying around here.."Try it Mikie likes it" By reading these comments..I would think it is safe..hey my jelly last 3-4 years...Let us know!!

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  9. I say chuck the stuff inside the jar and use the jar for some nifty craft. Not that I have an idea or anything just giving you something else to think about. LOL

  10. I love the whole shabby chic thing...a lovely wine something or other would be fab on a hamburger!!!

  11. Redcurrants are native to Northern Europe. If you aren't familiar with these ruby beauties, think of them as a summer version of the cranberry.

    Don't even think that the description above came from my wide knowledge of Redcurrants. I have never heard of them either, but I Googled it. There are lots of recipes out there for this little goodie you've been given. Good luck. Hope you find a good recipe for it and then post photos of the results.

    Peace and blessings to your day.

  12. I love SophieMay's comment, "Take a little taste and see what it brings to mind." Lol! That's living on the edge, now, isn't it? Too funny!

    You're on your own, there, friend.

  13. My hubs is from eastern Europe. It is used for some of the suggestions given, but sometimes they add it to their cup of hot tea.

  14. hmmmm. looks like you have some great ideas here and since I would just chuck it I am interested to hear exactly what you will do with it! :)

    Love you

  15. I would put it with chicken or turkey, or even on toast! Currants are in many things in Europe....Get adventurous! =)

  16. Oh my goodness.. the ingredients sound really good .. though I don't know what the first two or three are..

    It sounds like something that would work on any kind of fowl or pork.. maybe warm it up and pour it over a pork roast as a glaze...

    And with the wine being in it.. I wouldn't worry to much about the expiration date.. yet..

    You'll have to let us know what you decide!!

  17. I'd probably make a glaze with it and use it with chicken. Or being the date freak I am, I might place it gently into file 13 to prevent poisoning my family.

  18. I bet it would be great on biscuits or turkey. :)


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