Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Grape Jelly 2010: Notes

2009 fall wild grape harvest:
3.50 quart bags from location1
0.75 quart bags from location2
0.50 quart bags from location3
These reference grapes on stems in bags that went to freezer.

Process over dark winter weeks of January:
8 lbs 15 oz of stemmed grapes total

2/14/10 make first batch:
Yielded 10 cups juice
Used 6 cups juice, 7.5 cups raw cane sugar, 1 packet pectin
Yielded 5 pints with some slop that was almost another pint but I ate a lot of it
Set aside remaining 4 cups juice in fridge

2/24/10 make second batch:
Used 4 cups grape juice with 2 cups fruit juice from bottle
7.5 cups raw cane sugar, 1 packet pectin
Yielded 6 pints

Total: 11 pints of black gold. Made of the dirt and water of Zumbro basin. To become face paint for kids.