Monday, October 24, 2011

I have been up to my eyeballs in grapes and apples. Not that I am complaining but I definitely have not had time for anything else but canning.

Last time I posted I was sick. I did make it to Carters game. I am so glad that I rested most of the day and was feeling pretty good by afternoon. He played wonderful! He got one touch down, one 2 point conversion and while playing QB he threw a touchdown! I'm so proud of him.

On Sunday, I still wasn't feeling very good but it was our last chance to go grape picking. We picked 2 bushels. I couldn't remember how many we picked last year. I need to write this stuff down. That's on my to-do list...start a garden and canning journal.

Daddy and Carter playing "chicken" with my carts full of grapes!

We ended up canning almost 100 jars of grape juice this year! This stuff is absolutely delicious and way better than anything you can buy in the store.

I do not have the time to smash all the grapes and make grape juice the way most people do. I found a much easier way. I call it, Easy Peasy Grape Juice!

All you do is sterile your quart jars, fill jars with 2 cups of grapes (whole, clean, no mess, just the grapes!), add 1/4 cup of sugar and then fill jars with boiling water. Thats it! Then I process them for 30 minutes.

When you are ready to drink, I use a sieve to strain the juice from the grapes. I use a spoon to smash the grapes a bit. To get all the "grapeness" I can. Strain them again and drink! I promise you will never buy grape juice from the store again. Its that good!

We also have spent the week making everything apples! Applesauce, apple butter, plain canned apples and apple pie in a jar.

I am finally done canning. For now, anyway. This week, beside cleaning up apples splashed on the ceiling and in crevices I never knew existed, we will be focusing on school.

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