I missed the Barn Hop yesterday due to one-year checkups for the kids, meeting another homeschool mom to buy some wonderful homemade soap, and a trip to the airport to pick up my in-laws. And so I figured it was apropos to post something I had wanted to write about back in September. Of course, I can blame our old computer for being late on that if I really want to (which I do).
In September, I had the opportunity to pick a bushel of fresh, Concord grapes! They are heavenly right from the vine, and make wonderful jam and juice as well. I think I even tried making muffins with them. But have you ever heard of grape syrup? Nor had I, until I ran across a recipe in Put 'Em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton.
|They look amazing, don't they??|
|...simmer... (this is simmering, my style. Stuff always seems to get away from me!)|
(adapted from Put 'Em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton)
4 c grapes, stemmed
1 c sugar (I used 1/2 c)
1/2 c water
Combine grapes, sugar, and water in a large pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cool, and run through a food mill (I used my high-tech blender).
This lasts in the fridge for about 3 weeks, or can be frozen for 6 months. I found these PBA-free containers and froze about 14 cups' worth (I multiplied this recipe by 5 to get that amount):
|I tried some for the first time yesterday morning and this rivals maple syrup for sure!|