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My neighbour's children just dropped off a huge basket to me (I LOVE gifts like these!).

We aren't big on jams here in this house, so I'm thinking about making juice using this as my directions

But I'm still open to any other ideas, esp since by my calculations, it will make A LOT of grape juice. I'm not sure what kind of grapes they are, but they taste awesome and my elderly neighbour tells me they aren't good for wine but instead, cider.

Any ideas? What would you do? : My freezer is pretty much full of apples from the last two weeks, but I probably could make some room.
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I was going to suggest grape jelly or jam, but since you're not hot on that... juice would be yummy! I have some locally grown grapes and I think they are too sour to eat, but they have excellent flavor and they smell awesome!! Since we do eat jam here, I am going to get some pectin and make some for the freezer.
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Do you think i could do both? What if i mostly made juice for us to store (and will can the juice to preserve it) but made my neighbour a couple of jars of jam as a thank you gift? I have no idea how much you need to make jam though, or what the process is.
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What about grape pie? A friend gave me concord grapes and I googled the recipe. I can't remember where I found it but it took very little o no sugar. I am a convert - concord grapes all the way!!

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hmm, grape pie sounds nice.

I've already got juice on the go! I am SO excited! I've spent all evening, washing, destemming, mashing, boiling and now sieving through cheesecloth and I've already got 4 Litres (a gallon)!

The smell in my house right now is soooo delicious.
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How exciting, I'd love to have that, I'd make the grape cooler out of the nt cookbook.
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I'd make wine. DH already has all the homebrewing stuff.
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Take off my shoes !!!! That would be really fun would't it?? We really don't drink grape juice and not really wine drinkers, but it WOULD be fun!

My boys like frozen grapes so I would be sure to freeze a bunch to just eat as snacks. That's a bunch of grapes though.....
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eat 'em or freeze 'em

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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!).
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turtle just made a big batch of sweet and sour grapes--essentially, grapes and white wine in a jar left to ferment a bit. You should be able to find a recipe in most books on food preservation.
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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!).
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Thats awesome! Their vineyards are on our property line so now that I am no longer a grapes-off-the-vine virgin, I plan on taking full advantage next year. Your grape butter pie sounds awesome!

I got a big batch of juice out of the deal, and canned them in the Wecks (they have juice containers) and now I am all set! I wrapped one of the bottles up and put a nice ribbon on it for my neighbour too, to thank her.
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