18 September 2022 Processing 6 Bushels of Concord Grapes

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  1. Durgan

    Durgan Contributor 10 Years

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    Posted on 09/18/2022 by Durgan
    https://durgan.org/2022/September 2... Procesing one bushel of Concord Grapes/HTML/ 18 September 2022 Processing 6 Bushels of Concord Grapes

    Six bushels of Concord Grapes 40 pounds each were processed into about 126 one liter jars of juice. Explained with pictures is one bushel. The remainder were similarly procesed.

    Prcess is Wash, remove green substrate, Cook and beat into a slurry, strain, pressure can.

    Detail:Wash, the grapes have not been sprayed.

    Remove the green substrate, Swipe across a metal chicken wire screen home made. The grapes fall through and the substrate can be picked off.

    Cook and beat into a slurry, add about 5 liters of water to faciliate cooking and to make the end product drinkable, Use a hand blender, Cook until soft about 20 minutes.

    Strain to remove seeds using a 2 mm mesh plate in the strainer. The end producgt is a juice.

    Pressure can, Fill 7 one liter jars and presure can at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for off season storage at room temperature Some jars may not seal, redo or use the affected jars within a few days.

    The process takes a bit of time, but the end product is a perfect juice.
     
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  2. Georgia Strait

    Georgia Strait Generous Contributor

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    How do the wasps from 100 miles away not find you

    or fruit flies

    i am not being silly — it’s what I encounter out here when doing similar — tho much smaller scale - pressing

    i like adding juice to fizzy (soda) water

    i imagine it would make a meaningful martini too :)
     
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    Here is my recipe for making concord juice:

    Place 2 cups of clean grapes into a 1L sterilized jar.
    Add 1/2 cup sugar
    Fill to the top with boiling water and seal at once
    Process in water bath for 10 minutes
    Remove from canner and let sit undisturbed for 24 hours
    The next day date with label and let stand for 3 to 4 weeks
    After this period strain and enjoy

    Depending on how much I make, I will also re-process (a second water bath) some of the juice after straining so that I can store it until next year.
     
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