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TOO many grapes and too much jam!

joseenatalie Oct 7, 2013 02:52 PM

A friend had a bumper crop of reddish-bluish wine grapes so I got a bushel and a half. I've already made enough jam to last a while and the rest of the grapes have been cleaned, cooked and skins and seeds have been sifted. No sugar added yet. What can I do with this raw product besides grape juice or (shudder)~more jam?

  1. Melanie Wong Oct 8, 2013 09:36 AM

    Pickled grapes are fantastic in cocktails
    Spiced grapes marinated in red wine and mulling spices

    1. lynnlato Oct 8, 2013 04:49 AM

      I used to make this slow-braised pork w/ black grapes and balsamic recipe all the time and my family loved it. I haven't made it in a few years but now that I am reminded of it it's the perfect time of year for it.


      In searching for the above recipe, I came across this one from Food & Wine - pork with grapes and tarragon, and I thought it looked good as well. I love tarragon but don't use it very often:


      1. r
        roro808 Oct 7, 2013 10:55 PM

        Freeze them in small containers (plain ole ice trays), with added sugar, if desired Then, eat them like popsicles..:local dessert :)

        1. Emme Oct 7, 2013 10:46 PM

          some more thoughts...

          ice cream - grape and vanilla bean; or grape cheesecake; or...pb and grape...

          granola bars or granola

          i like to occasionally add them to chicken salad, not sure how they would be cooked though...

          on a sandwich with brie or taleggio or goat cheese... maybe some toasted pistachios or pecans or almonds or walnuts... some herb depending upon the cheese/nuts

          puree and use in a salad dressing

          i love frozen grapes, but alas, too late for that!

          1. MidwesternerTT Oct 7, 2013 05:11 PM

            Maybe experiment with making wine?

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            1. re: MidwesternerTT
              joseenatalie Oct 7, 2013 08:41 PM

              Thanks for the lik, it looks like a nice small "beginner" batch-recipe!

            2. MidwesternerTT Oct 7, 2013 05:00 PM

              A search for grape puree recipe found some creative ideas -

              cheesecake with cashews

              mix with garam masala for a sauce

              bake to make fruit "leather"

              freeze with almonds as an ice / sorbet

              give away to young moms for use in homemade baby food

              spoon over cream cheese and spread the combo on crackers as appetizer

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              1. re: MidwesternerTT
                joseenatalie Oct 7, 2013 05:19 PM

                I'm thinking fruit leather and the cheesecake I'm looking up right now! Thanks!

              2. rmarisco Oct 7, 2013 04:44 PM

                grape pie

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                1. re: rmarisco
                  joseenatalie Oct 7, 2013 05:18 PM

                  I've been looking into that as well. A lot of them call for tapioca or gelatin. I'd like to find one as simple as possible but doesn't look too different than blueberry, I have a very picky eater in the house who eyes anything that looks different like it could be downright poison!

                  1. re: joseenatalie
                    rmarisco Oct 7, 2013 08:42 PM

                    well, they could eat it or not.. either way, you've accomplished the task (to get rid of grapes)

                2. Gio Oct 7, 2013 03:27 PM

                  If you hadn't already cooked them I would have said: Roast them. That's right. Just Google for "roast grapes recipes". I've made roasted sausages and grapes, chicken, vegetables, pears/apples/grapes as a condiment. The sky's the limit really. Then there's always chutney. Or a syrupy sauce for grilled or roasted meats or desserts.

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                  1. re: Gio
                    joseenatalie Oct 7, 2013 05:15 PM

                    Too bad I already have. But with this idea, I might just go get some more from my friend with the vines-full. I thought I was sick and tired of seeing grapes but now, I'd like to try that!

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                    sueatmo Oct 7, 2013 03:19 PM

                    Maybe make a quick bread. You perhaps could use a pumpkin bread recipe, and sub the grape stuff for that? Or use whatever recipe calls for a fruitstuff similar to what you have?

                    The bread might be an interesting color, at any rate.

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                    1. re: sueatmo
                      joseenatalie Oct 7, 2013 05:14 PM

                      Very interesting idea! I love different types of breads and loaves. Also, the color thing got me thinking of halloween treats for friends maybe?

                      1. re: joseenatalie
                        sueatmo Oct 7, 2013 08:45 PM

                        Well, OK then!

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