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Canned wild grapes

How to Preserve Wild Grape Juice

I’m not sure there is an easier recipe for canning grapes than this one. It’s a good thing since our entire East side of the yard is mile high with them. What you will end up with is a grape juice concentrate that can be diluted and sweetened to taste.  You get the full-bodied flavor of grapes because you are essentially canning whole grapes. This is a great first recipe for new Canners.

Canned Grape Juice

7 Quart Jars with lids and bands

14 cups wild grapes

Boiling water

Sugar if desired (you can certainly add it now or when you are ready to serve.)

Sterilize your jars

Fill with 2 cups of grapes

Pour boiling water over grapes, leaving 1/2 inch headspace

Cap immediately

Hot water bath can them for 10 minutes

Allow to cool before storing

Wait 2 weeks before using.

To Use

Open quart jar and pour through a strainer into a 2 quart container. Add 1 quart cold water and taste for sweetness. Add additional sugar or other sweetener as desired.

I find that the kids love this juice with little to no added sweetener. You may have to adjust for the variety of grapes you are using, so don’t worry if  you have to taste, sweeten, taste, repeat.

Happy Fall!!

wild grapes on the vine
Wild grapes on the vine

 

 

New Pressure Canning Book On The Way

Pressure Canning FoodsIf you have been reading for a while, you know that I love food preservation just as much as I love to cook. There is something about shopping in my own pantry and freezer that makes me slightly giddy with joy.  Over the years, I have written books on all sorts of food preservation: Canning and Preserving for Dummies, Canning and Preserving All in One, Fermenting for Dummies. Each one is filled with good ideas and recipes for creating homemade meals from the farm kitchen.

I never could understand why the art of pressure canning wasn’t as popular as it once was. I think it fell out of favor when people had access to frozen foods and that meant a lot less work. The rise of convenience foods meant the decline of doing things ourselves.

Pressure canning is an important part of my everyday life, and I am excited to be bringing you another book on the subject. I am working on a  book titled Modern Pressure Canning, and it’s going to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

It’s not just a traditional canning recipe book, and I will be sharing many of the fun and funky recipes that help me be creative cook throughout the year.  I’m excited to see what you think, and will be blogging my journey from recipe box to full color book. Stay tuned!

Do you pressure can anything? Share in the comments below!

I Made A Pledge: How About You?

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Homegrown Across America, is fast becoming my obsession. Within my own town, I share the info at every opportunity, and practically plead with members of my community to take a look. 

Today, I made a pledge to become a financial backer on Kickstarter.com. If you have been reading long, you know that I budget every bit of our money, right down to the penny, so this decision was not taken lightly. I felt that if I was going to get out there and bug, harass, share with my social media stream about this upcoming program, then I would have to put my money where my mouth is, err-open up the canning jar and take out my own pennies. 

Homegrown Across America will bring the small farmer some much needed press. Imagine millions of people watching every week, as people just like themselves go to work full time and then come home to take care of business on the farm? Of course, Yours Truly will be there a few times, taking some of the mystery out of the art of Canning and Preserving, Eating Wild Food, Herbs, and other Farming Wife topics. 

Please, if you haven’t taken a peek, check out the link on Kickstarter, and share with your social media stream. This could change the lives of hundreds of small farmers across the country. 

As my way of saying Thank You, If you pledge $50 or more, I will send you a signed copy of my book: 

Canning and Preserving For Dummies

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 The book covers everything you need to know about food preservation and even has recipes that include the preserved foods. Fill your pantry and actually use it! What a novel approach. 🙂

To get your copy, please send me your name and address privately, once you have made your pledge.

Thank you for any love you can give to this exciting project! I look forward to sharing this new facet of The Farming Wife’s journey with you.