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Old 08-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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So, earlier this season I went out behind where I work to harvest grape leaves and brought them home to brine for future use. Thanks to my helpful colleagues (they alerted me to the nice ripe grapes) I now have two shopping bags of grapes in my office to be a future jam. YAY for three hours of work in the kitchen. Wait, I think I have food issues.

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:03 PM   #2
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Does anyone make their own jams or jellies?

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #3
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Look pretty big for wild grapes. wild ones are rather small with a large pit. We had'em growing on the fence at the old house & I always made some good wine out of'em.

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Does anyone make their own jams or jellies?
I make, or rather used to make, a lot of jam. To make either jam or jelly with grapes, I think you'll need a food mill. Not many grapes locally so it's not a fruit I've got experience with.
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I don't make jam or jelly much any more (still on the "no sugar" lifestyle) but I used to make it alot. Grape jelly is supereasy- if you have a jellybag it makes life easier.

How do they taste? They look great!

(I still use a ton of grapes every year- but Bob says things go to "the highest and best use", which for us is wine!)

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I actually have a food mill and I love it.
I'm stockpiling small jars of jam for winter holiday gifts... Along with homemade vanilla extract.
The grapes taste awesome and smell so good. If I could have picked more I would have made wine.

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I've never made it myself, but when I was a kid my mom would make juice and jelly every year from our vines. I only remember she used a food mill (I actually bought one to have on hand from a yard sale last year) and added a fair amount of sugar and some canning ingredient, maybe pectin??

I remember the juice was very mild tasting, and the jelly was actually very good!

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I usually do blueberries, figs and pears as that's what I have growing. Going to add prickly pear this year as a friend will be donating his crop to me.

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I usually do raspberry and blueberry freezer jam, and since I have a bunch of apple trees in my yard I also make a lot of applesauce and apple wine

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