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Old 09-02-2013, 09:22 AM   #81
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No grape butter recipes here--we make grape jelly and wine.

I am making salsa today.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:47 AM   #82
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I'd love a good wine but my hubby and stepson are 20 years sober, so no wine for us. How about a grape salsa? I've got bushels of grapes! H

Planted 4 doz tomatoes and haven't even gotten enough for a BLT. Last year we did 40 pts salsa, 25 qts spaghetti sauce, 100 qts whole tomatoes and a bunch of juice. This year the garden is a dud.
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:55 AM   #83
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I'd love a good wine but my hubby and stepson are 20 years sober, so no wine for us. How about a grape salsa? I've got bushels of grapes! H

Planted 4 doz tomatoes and haven't even gotten enough for a BLT. Last year we did 40 pts salsa, 25 qts spaghetti sauce, 100 qts whole tomatoes and a bunch of juice. This year the garden is a dud.
We are having the same issues with our tiny little patch of tomatoes. Last year we had loads of fruit but this year the plants are all stem and leaves sn very few tomatoes. I have heard of people who make grape pie but I have never tried it myself.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:18 AM   #84
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I have bushels of concord grapes again this year. Still have scads of jelly from last year. My stepson made aces trial jars of grape butter last year, but darned if I can find the recipe. It is thick like apple butter, very grapes and far better than plain old grape jelly. Anybody have a recipe. I made grape juice last year, but it was too sweet. Any concord grape recipes for canning would be appreciated immensely!
I found a recipe for baked grape butter in Summer in a Jar, by Andrea Chesman. It calls for 4 qts. Concord grapes, 1/4 cup water, 3/4-1 cup honey or sugar, 2 t. cinnamon. You steam the grapes till soft, put through a food mill, and bake in a roasting pan at 200 for 5-8 hours. When butter is thick, sweeten to taste and add cinnamon to taste. Reheat, then jar and process with 1/4 inch headspace for 5 minutes.

I'm thinking it would also work in a slow cooker.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #85
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That sounds good. Slow cookers are great for this kind of stuff. I used my big Nesco roaster last year and filled it to the top with applesauce and cooked it down by half for apple butter last summer. ( 4 times!) I've still got 6 doz pints in the basement. No apples on the trees this year. Just grapes, grapes and more grapes!
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I've got my big Nesco roaster and another big CP full of apple slices right now, making apple butter. Not sure what we'll do with it all!

Would love to trade for grapes....
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If I can get my hands on some reasonably priced apples this year, I'll make another batch of apple pie jam, it went over really well when I made it a few years ago.

I got the apples at an orchard in Maine, a half bushel of "utility" apples for $8. They were really nice apples, hard to believe that they were the less perfect apples. I made a whole bunch of jam, apple crisp, and pie before I used them all up.
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I'm kinda sick of apples right now....
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I've got my big Nesco roaster and another big CP full of apple slices right now, making apple butter. Not sure what we'll do with it all!

Would love to trade for grapes....

Umm...you do not have my address, right???
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Umm...you do not have my address, right???
Yes I do. Expect your 2 gallon jar of apple butter to greet you when you get back!
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