Several years ago we planted grapes. They've flourished, but we realized that we don't eat them because they have seeds. Grape jelly isn't very popular, and we don't want to get started with winemaking. So what do we do with 27 pounds of grapes?
I spent a good portion of the day making grape juice. Although we don't often drink juice, this is unsweetened and very refreshing on a hot day. It's also good to serve to guests who don't want anything alcoholic. But it was a LOT of work. Stripping the grapes, squishing the grapes, simmering the grapes, straining the grapes, then straining the grape juice, before finally bottling it all up and processing it in a hot water bath.
I'm ready to pull out these vines. But do we want to plant some seedless grapes that we will eat, or do we want something else? Decisions, decisions.
On the other hand, strawberries are extremely popular with everyone, particularly the younger set who love heading out into Nana's garden to pull the berries and pop them into their little mouths. I picked a small bowlful for the two of us yesterday - sun sweetened morsels made all the more precious for their scarcity.