Concord Grapes

I had a bumper crop of concord grapes this year – they are especially good for making grape jelly.  I was talking with my mom about the bumper crop and she said that if I could get them to juice she would show me how to make grape jelly.  In the wind and rain on Saturday morning Eric and I donned sweatshirts, raincoats, boots and, in his case, gloves to pick the grapes.  It took us about 45 minutes to pick this tub full.

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In the afternoon I started culling grapes, sorting stems and cooking down the grapes.  It took 4 hours and I ended up with ~10 gallons of juice and pulp which I parked on the deck overnight to cool and settle.  On Sunday morning I strained the pulp and ended up with about 4.5 gallons of juice. It took another 30 minutes to strain and clean up from this stage.
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We put the juice in plastic tubs and parked them in the freezer until I can get together with Mom to employ stage 2.  So far I have about 5.5 hours in this project – this stuff better be good!

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