Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Concord Grapes

In the years since I first got Concord grapes from the woman across town, my oldest and her youngest became friends.  Among other things, this meant that this year when I pinged her about the grapes in her yard (which, by the way, is beautiful!) she very generously said, "Come by and pick all you want!"  Wow.  I did not need a second invitation.

This afternoon we stopped by when it wasn't raining very hard and picked about 8 pounds of grapes.  A batch of jelly takes 3 pounds.  Following the Certo recipe, I made 7 half-pint jars of grape jelly and there is more in the fridge.  The other 5 pounds are in the process of becoming grape juice.  According to the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving I could can the juice in pints or quarts, but I think we might just drink it.  I'm not sure yet.  Right now the juice is in the fridge, letting the solids settle, and then tomorrow or maybe Thursday it will be decanted and I will add sugar and heat it according to the directions.  With any luck tomorrow there will be raspberries as well.  They fields were closed today because of the rain.

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