Beau August 23rd, 2008
I thought it was Thursday yesterday, so I’m already a day behind this week. We’ve had a good bit of rain and the landscape is lush and green. So different from years past, but a nice change. The grape arbor is the story of the month however. Two main vines have produced tons of Concord grapes that ripened so quickly they are falling to the ground. We managed to pick and freeze 8 pounds of them the other day, and there are still many more grapes on the vines.
It takes some time to pick and then pull the grapes off the stems. But it may be worth it; grape jelly anyone? Have to find a recipe for it somewhere. They taste and smell great, but do have chunky seeds inside. My goal is to make a Concord Grape pie from them. I’ve found a few recipes that make it sound very tedious to pull the skins off and then cook and strain the grapes to remove the seeds. But I’ve also found one that uses a food mill after cooking down the grapes, removing the seeds during the milling process. We’ll have to see how it works out.
You know what would be really neat? To try making wine from the grapes. Anyone ever tried that before? That may be next year’s project, and I’ll learn more about it this winter. For now it’s time to get out there and pick more grapes!