This is a great time of year. The colors, sounds, feel and especially the smells of autumn. For the last couple of weeks we have been smelling our grapes.
Two years ago we planted 3 concord grape plants. They seem to like where they are planted because they have grown great. We actually were able to harvest a little over a half bushel this year.
Concord grapes are not the best eating grapes but they make great “Grape Juice”.
After picking the grapes I rinse them and place them in a steam juicer. Yes, stems and all.
When the section of the steamer that holds the juice is full, I extract it through the rubber hose into my bottles.
I feel really lucky that I was able to bottle 7 quarts of juice from my small amount of grapes.
We mix our grape juice with just enough water to rinse the crystals that form in the bottom of the bottle over time, (about 1-1 1/2 cups). We serve it chilled with about equal amounts of Fresca. The Fresca adds a great citrus flavor and fizz. It is a favorite at family dinners.
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