I made wine... But after our fruit picking adventure over the weekend, we still had tons of grapes left over. So what to do with them? Make grape juice of course. I found two recipes online, one that called for cooking the grape juice and one that didn't. But which one was better? I didn't know, so we tried them both! I'm obviously not using Concord grapes so it won't be the typical grape juice but its grape juice right?
Recipe One: Requires Cooking
Here's the recipe on Simply Recipes
We started off rinsing and taking the grapes off of the stem. (their step number one was picking the grapes but uh yeah, we had already done that. #winning
This was not a fun process and my middle daughter eventually quit even after my henny penny speech, If you don't know who Henny Penny is click here..
Recipe Two: We Called it the Lazy Way
I put all the grapes in the blender and mixed them up and added a few table spoons of water. Then we used cheese cloth and drained it into a container. Boom, the juice of grapes.
In my opinion the cooked version tasted better. The lazy way tasted thicker and I'm sure germ wise it wouldn't last as long as the cooked version.
We went berry picking over the weekend! And went CRAZY! It was my first time picking anything (I know I'm so late) but we had a blast and Jake really taught me how to do it right and what to look for when knowing if the fruit is right... (One of the perks of having this city girl loving this country raised man) So we got grapes, raspberries and blueberries. But what the heck do you do with it all? I had no clue.
So I made a pie. But how many pies can you make? (I did the crust from scratch too, I felt very very achieved)... I used this recipe for it all. It's not my favorite for crust. Usually I like Sally's Baking Addiction Crust but I decided to try something different. I didn't hate it though! I'd add more sugar to their recipe if you do it. I also didn't have corn starch or gelatin to make it stick together like it should, but the family liked it still. (yay!)
But we still had everything else left. SOOOOOOO I got a wine making kit (thanks Amazon). Now, I learned that making wine from grapes is a bigger process than just making fruit wine, takes longer blah blah and I don't have the patience for all that especially my first time. The kit (you can find it here on Amazon) had basically everything I needed to get started. Except bottling supplies. So I got started!
I followed the instructions for the raspberry wine using our 3 pounds or raspberries (about 12 cups) and got my hands very dirty!
Then 6 months later! It was done and stabilized and we drank it! Can you say STRONG????? One glass and that was enough for me. We still have a bottle in the panty.
I'm a mom of 3 girls and a husband who I converted to the crunchy life. I buy a lot and try a lot so you don't have to.