Concord Grapes

What a breathtakIng day to process concord grapes!

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There is nothing like being kissed by the dew from an early morning fog nestled amongst the mountains.

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This year yielded a beautiful crop of grapes–thanks to friends who share!

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After taking the grapes off the stems and washing them, it’s off to the canning factory we go!

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We used the majority of grapes to can homemade grape juice.

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Then cooked and ran the rest of the grapes through the juicer to remove seeds and skins.

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The next step is to strain the juice and can it, to make homemade grape jelly at a later time (it’s to die for!).

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We returned home to the most amazing sunset. It was just as glorious as the morning fog!

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Enjoying the fruits of our labor. There is nothing more refreshing and delicious as the treat of an ice cold glass of homemade grape juice! Isn’t the color beautiful?
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Canning Factory

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What’s a lady to do when there is so much produce to can but not enough time? Go to the canning factory! The pressure canners are huge, about three foot wide by four foot tall. Many jars will fit in this contraption–more than you can physically fill with produce. Everything is pressured in one canning session not numerous cookings like it would take at home.
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Sterilizing jars was quick and easy at the canning factory.
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Skins and cores had been removed, tomatoes had been chopped in the food processor and when it was all said and done, this five gallon bucket of tomatoes was filled to the brim. I canned homemade pizza sauce, stewed tomatoes, and whole tomatoes for Jim to eat with crackers. I feel good about canning all of this low sodium, heart healthy food!
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I also canned bell peppers to go in stews, meatloaf and other recipes. Continue reading