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Red currant jelly substitute

Updated February 21, 2017

A currant is a small, tart berry related to a gooseberry. Black, pink, red and white varieties of currants grow on small bushes in grapelike clusters. Red currants, in particular, have an intense, brilliant colour. Although cooks make jelly from both black and red currants, red currant jelly is much more common. It's used in sauces, baked goods, salads and more. When red currant jelly isn't available, reach for one of several suitable substitutes.

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Grape Jelly

The website Cook's Thesaurus recommends two different grape jellies as substitutes for red currant jelly. One is "regular" grape jelly, which is easily found in grocery stores, already on most people's pantry shelves and made from concord grapes. The other is the less common muscadine grape jelly. Although muscadine grapes are fine for eating fresh off the vine, according to the Louisiana State Ag Center, they're more often made into jelly because they have a tough skin. Both concord and muscadine grape jellies are sweet rather than tart.

Apple Jelly

Good Housekeeping says to substitute apply jelly in their tomato and melon salad recipe, but Cook's Thesaurus goes one step further. They suggest you mix three parts apple jelly and one part lemon juice to make a tart substitute for red currant jelly.

Cranberry Sauce

However, when both flavour and colour matter, sometimes the best substitute for red currant jelly is not another jelly. Woman's Day recommends substituting cranberry sauce for red currant jelly when making a glaze for roast lamb.

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About the Author

Jeanne Young began writing professionally in 2000. She was the government reporter for a daily newspaper in central Florida. Young has also covered general assignment and the business, health, science, environment and education beats for newspapers and a wire service, and written about money and politics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of South Florida.

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