Wednesday, September 19, 2012

When Life Gives You Grapes

Weston's parents have a grape vine growing on one of their fences.  And from what I understand years ago they would use the grapes to make either juice or jelly.  But it had been several years since the last time they picked them and so for many years the grapes had been left on the vine.  (I should add at this point that these are concord grapes, so you can't just pick them and eat them.)  Last year when we first moved to Provo, Weston and I decided to use the grapes to make grape juice.  And that is exactly what we did.  The actual process took a long time, but wasn't all that hard.  So this year when Mac asked us if we wanted the grapes we said, "YES".  But this year I had different plans, I wanted to make grape jelly.  I love PB&J sandwiches and the best ones have grape jelly.
So once again the boys and I went and picked and picked.  One of the great things about grapes, is that you don't have to be picking too long before your bucket is full.

And Quincy just enjoyed being outside. And eating his car seat (Not his best picture-but still cute)

Weston joined us after work

And within a couple of hours, we had a whole box full.

We picked all the grapes on Friday night and then went to the store to buy some jars and sure-gel.
On Saturday at nine in the morning we started juicing, and we were done with the whole process at nine o'clock at night.  It took us twelve hours.  But it was well worth it, we ended up with
36 half-pint jars of grape jelly (which we hope to use as neighbor gifts this Christmas)

11 pint jars of grape jelly (which are for us)
16 quarts of grape juice

We have found that one of the best ways to enjoy grape juice is to mix a quart of grape juice with a 2 liter bottle of 7-up.  It is so delicious.
So next time you come and visit ask us for a glass, you won't regret it.

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