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Wild grape harvest

 
Peter Ellis
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We have had grape vines that volunteered in our yard for years, without them ever producing any grapes.  Finally, this year, we got grapes! I've put 5 one quart ziploc bags into the freezer today.  These are very small, pea size and a bit more, blueberry size. Loaded with seeds, not much pulp. But close to a gallon of grapes as our reward for not getting rid of these vines

Anyone have recipe ideas for wild grapes?
 
Thekla McDaniels
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steam juice them and can the juice, squish juice them and make wine, dry them for raisins, freeze them for later.   What ever you do with domestic grapes....
 
John Weiland
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Our domestic Concords can be rather finicky....this year a good year so I don't even know if I will harvest wild grapes except to do a taste comparison.  But jam, Jam, JAM!...wild grapes make excellent jam and are so flavorful that you can dilute your cooked mash before adding sugar and pectin.  I just wash the good ones,  cook them in a small amount of water, make a mash from them with a potato masher, filter out seeds and larger solids with a colander, then take the juice and add sugar to taste and dilute to desired strength.  Follow any regular jam procedure from there for pectin content and canning.  Great stuff!....
 
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And, once processed for jam as John describes, maybe add some tapioca, (1-3 tsp?) and bake it in a pie.  We permies love pie
 
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