So I decided to try another experiment. I am canning grapes.
Now, why on earth would anybody want to can grapes, you might ask. First, I love grapes. Nearly every grocery order includes grapes.
Second, lets pretend that the reason we prepare has happened and the only food we have to eat is the food we have stored. If I had canned no other meat than chicken, or if I only had canned peaches for fruit, it wouldn't take very long before I could not stand the sight of chicken or peaches. That's why I can a variety of meats and fruits. And grapes are just another variety to add to my shelves.
I have not canned grapes before, but according to those who have, they can up well. If you only like fresh grapes, this method is probably not for you. But if you like the grapes that come in a can of fruit cocktail, you might like these.
Canning grapes is easy, peasy. Remove the grapes from their stems and wash them well. Fill jars with grapes (I used pints) to within 1 inch from the top of the jar. Make a simple syrup of sugar and water. As grapes are naturally sweet, I used a very light syrup of 6 1/2 cups of water and 3/4 cup sugar, brought to a boil to dissolve the sugar. This is enough for 8 - 9 pints. Pour the syrup over the grapes and water bath can them for 15 minutes.
I had ordered 2 lbs. of green grapes and 2 lbs. of red. That gave me 6 pints of grapes, total (minus a handful or two or three that I ate). When the jars had cooled, I opened one to see how I would like them, and I did. I would think you could use them like fruit cocktail, just for snacking or maybe as a dessert. I will probably can more of these.
You gotta try new things. :)
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