22 September 2016 Concord Grapes

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Eighty five pounds, three bushels, of concord grapes were picked in Fontill Hill ON and made into 42 liters of pressure canned juice. The grapes cost $15.00 per bushel pick your own. Process was wash, remove the grapes from their substrate, cover in cooking pot with water about five liters for 25 pounds, cook until soft about 20 minutes, beat into a slurry with a hand blender. Strain the juice in a food mill with a 2 mm mesh screen. This effectively removes the seeds. The strained juice is then placed in liter jars and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. A few statistics. A bushel of grapes weighed 30 pounds, the removed substrate from 85 pounds of grapes weighed 10 pounds, the seeds removed from the cooked grapes weighed 13 pounds. A liter of pressure canned grape juice contains about 2 pounds of grapes. Pure grape juice is too thick texture to drink, hence about 15 liters of water is added to make 42 liters of juice. Pictures depict the simple process.

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