Grape Concentrate

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Saturday 04 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

One of the end-of-summer jobs each year is to make use of the late grape harvest. We have a vine of Barbarella grapes, which are generally considered as wine grapes, but not for us. 

Each year we make and freeze concentrated juice, and here’s how…

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STEP ONE

Wait until mid-September when most of the grapes have ripened – increased bird activity is the best indicator !

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STEP TWO

Err…. pick ’em 🙂

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STEP THREE

Sort and wash. The best black grapes are used for Grape Jelly (a later post on that to follow)

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STEP FOUR

Liquidize

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STEP FIVE

Strain the liquidized grapes through cloth. The chickens love the leftover pulp, so no wastage. Best done by hand, but thankfully it’s just a once a year job.

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STEP SIX

Bottle and freeze for use throughout the year. No preservatives, but just a half inch (1cm) of concentrate in a large glass of water makes a tasty, refreshing and healthy drink.

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10 thoughts on “Grape Concentrate

  1. […] these black grapes – they come from a hardy and strong vine. Mostly we use them for juice, freezing down bottles of the stuff for a healthy drink any time of the […]

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  2. […] from a tray full of our own black grapes. that is, the ones not scoffed fresh from the vine, or the concentrated juice frozen down. […]

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  3. LB says:

    That’s some work! But I’m sure so well worth the effort!

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      Just one of the chores we do, so don’t mind.

      Sometimes we entertain, and then we realise what we offer our guests… such as fresh (or frozen) organic juice, often our own veggies, all served with or cooked in our own olive oil, seasoned with our own herbs, with homemade sauce, some 4 types of olives and perhaps 10 jams, dried veg or raisins and various fresh fruit… THEN I realise how worth it all these little chores are 🙂

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  4. joannesisco says:

    mmmm – I could use a glass right now 🙂

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  5. tinapumfrey says:

    My aunt used to do this. So much work, but so worth it.

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  6. wow! sounds and looks dee-licious!

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