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  • How to Choose Currants 
    Currants come in three colors: red, white, and black. Acidic and musky black currants are typically used for preserves or syrups. Red and white berries are slightly less acerbic. Pick plump, hull-free specimens.

  • How to Store Currants 
    Refrigerate in a tightly covered container for up to 4 days.

    How to Prepare Currants 
    Remove them from their stems and wash just before using.

  • How to Use Currants 
    Although traditionally made into jams, syrups, and preserves, currants can also be added to pan sauces for pork chops and other meats or used as a tart salad garnish. Try serving red and white berries topped with sugar and cream as a simple summer dessert.

    —Melinda Page

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