Monday, September 22, 2014

Spiced Grape Butter from the Leftovers

I picked up my half-bushel of Concord grapes at market last week, piling the rest of my produce on top for a big heavy load.  I mentioned my grapes in a chatty way to a market farmer.  We both marveled at the modern juice steamer and agreed we would not make grape juice without it (I borrow one from Rebecca). Then she told me that her daughter takes the leftover grape skins and pips and puts them through a food mill.  She mixes one part sugar with two parts resulting puree, and there's grape butter.

I thought that was something pretty thrifty I could try.  I usually put that stuff left from making juice in the compost.


To my grape butter, I added little pinches of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  These are flavors from a hot spiced grape cider I made last fall which we loved.  And now we love the grape butter, too.
bonus photo of our purple coleus in a clear green vase
So, from that half-bushel of grapes, I got 11 quarts of juice and 3 pints of grape butter.  Not bad for $18 and some time.

5 comments:

CGrace said...

Oh, your coleus is gorgeous!
R - who is too lazy to sign out for C

Lisa said...

The grape butter does sound very nice!

sk said...

You're back, oh good. I missed you.

jenny_o said...

The things I learn here! You have been busy.

Your coleus is gorgeous.

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

the grape butter sounds yummy..

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