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Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Fruits of Summer
This year, Joseph was determined we would get to enjoy some of our Concord grapes. So far, at the point just before we're ready to pick them, when they begin emitting a grapey fragrance, the critters come far and wide, and pick them clean. He picked half of them yesterday, about 50 lbs. worth. I took them off the stem and washed them, and he juiced them. As we did add the softest of the green ones into the mix, and the rest are not fully ripe, the juice is quite tart. It was simmered a bit, to concentrate the flavors. Many things have less flavor this year, from all the rain we've gotten, I'm sure. We were low on sugar, so the juice is in glass gallon jugs, in the fridge. We picked up sugar today, while we were out to attend a panel discussion based around this book, and will be canning grape jam and juice soon.
I did manage to can some blueberry jam yesterday. Mark and Meredith allowed me to pick from their blueberry patch last week, and I brought home 4 lbs of blueberries. I have been freezing some of our blueberries for winter use, but most of our fruits are still so young that we don't get very much of anything at a time. I generally make a batch or two of mixed berry jams, which is nice, but I really wanted some pure blueberry for a change. There may be a cobbler in our near future too. And a new recipe or two. I hope you're enjoying the fruits of summer.