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I usually lurk, but I just put my grape plan into motion! We have 6 grape vines, so things get stressful around this time!
Most of my grapes become juice, using the method you posted. We drink some of the juice, some of it becomes jelly in the winter. After I make juice, I run the leftover grape gunk through a food mill to separate the reamaining grape solids from the skins and seeds. I add a little honey to taste and simmer the gunk until one could justifiably call it 'grape butter'. Personally, I think its best added to yogurt, but DH puts it on toast and ice cream. You can also sub grape butter for apple butter when making apple butter pie (google it!).
I pickle some grapes, using a recipe similiar to this: http://morselsandmusings.blogspot.co...ed-grapes.html.
I also freeze the best looking grapes, and I use those to make grape pie and cobbler in the winter.
Some get used to make wine. We don't grow wine grapes, so what we make won't win awards. Its pretty ok, though.
Finally, I give away a lot of grapes to unsuspecting neighbors (like you!).