My six grapevines are getting ready to be harvested. First ready was Himrod, an eating, white grape. Second was the Pinot Noir, a dark black, small round, very juicy grape. I am now picking these every day for daily fruit. But there is a glut and so I started searching the internet for things to do with them.
|Black Pinot Noir waiting to be simmered, Green Himrod for juice and Pinot Noir in a jar with Martini Mix|
|The first bucket of grapes|
I remember my mother talking about Grapes in Brandy, and though I trawled through our hard liquor stash I couldn't rustle up any brandy. Voila! the Martini mix leftover from my 50th looked pretty good, so I put grapes in a jar, and poured over Martini Mix, It looks pretty edible and yummy...
Next I followed internet instructions for heating and mashing grapes and putting into jars for juice. This was fun, and I processed in the Pressure Canner for 10 mins to preserve it.
Finally I fresh pressed the Himrod for fresh Grape Juice. I'm tempted to try to turn some of it into wine..more on that later!