Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Grape JUICE

Here on the Hill..... we live it up pretty good...      BUTT some thingys that mom and dad Grow in the garden... or go other places to pick.. are NOT good fur US... Like we can't eat ANY of the ONIONS that Dad Plants... BOO HOO...   or the foods mom cooks with them    Double BOO HOO...   and we can't have any GRAPE JUICE...   BUTT we did go HELP with the Picking...   which was done on an ORCHARD about 15 mins.. from our house.      
    So on Monday Sept. 8th.. we went to pick.....   119 pounds of Concord Grapes... once they were weighed.    MINUS the weight of the BUCKETS...
Here is a pic of the buckets ... on our front porch.... THAT is where dad picks the grapes off their bones...

 THIS is a bucket of   Picked from the bones   grapes...    ERNIE kept an Eye on dad... to be sure he got the entire stem off EVERY SINGLE Grape...
           HEY DAD..... you missed a STEM...   get em done RIGHT or mom will have a SQUIRREL FIT. 
 THESE are the Grape BONES once the Grapes are picked OFF.... CORRECTLY.
 The NEXT step is to wash the grapes....  THREE TIMES...
 Then drain and put them in a pan...     for each QUART it takes a CUP of Grapes and 1/2 cup of sugar and enough  BOILING water to leave 1/4" head space...    Then the Seal and Ring go on... and the HOT jars go into a Boiling water Bath...   for 15 mins..  
 As you can see by the CLOCK that Ruby and Penny gave to ME fur our FURST Anniversary...  it was 5 after 1 when the First Jars came outta the Hot Water Bath Canner...    We started picking in the orchard at 10:00 AM...   so it takes some time to get the whole thingy going strong...  
At 8:30 PM that night..... we were FINALLY FINISHED...  we had   115 Quarts of Juice and the Kitchen was cleaned up.     Mom and Dad had Grape Juice for Breakfast on Tuesday Morning... and will do that EVERY MORNING... from NOW until all 115 quarts are GONE...  in April.  
   Guess what?    Since they started doing this... they have NEVER had a Cold.    There is a LOT of Vitamin C and antioxidants and stuffs in those jars.        PURPLE GOODNESS.   BUTT NOT fur US.    

35 comments:

Emma said...

They could be mistaken for blueberries (which we love) in those photos and we love blueberries. My mom loves grape juice. Says it reminds her of being a little girl.

Madi and Mom said...

Frankie and Ernie your peeps are very hardworking and 100% devoted to living healthy. Your mom's canning abilities boggle my mom's mind....(well it was boggled before but it is really boggled now)
MOL Hugs Madi your bfff
PS have fun watching the beavers today.

Molly The Wally said...

Now that juice looks well yummy and way to go never having a cold. Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

it is a lot of work but the rewards are amazing, not only having a wonderful food supply - but being so healthy too !

Zoe said...

Dang! That's a lot o' grapes! An juice too!
Yeah, we nefur get no grapes or raisins round here. Could make us pups sick!

stellaroselong said...

OURS momma mouf is a watering for sure!!!!Those look so good.
stella rose

Casey said...

Wow, I think your momma can make just about anything!

Anna the GSD said...

Wow. Mom has never thought of grape juice, only jelly and stuff. Interesting! Good thing you were there to snoopervise the stems, you don't want that in your juice! Blech!

C.L.W.STEP said...

We usually cook them for a while and then put them through a food mill to get out the seeds.

Oz theTerrier said...

Oh dawg...that is a LOT of grape juice. My Ma is totally jealous because she has tried to can stuffs...like her homemade tomato sauce...and the cans always pop and unseal. She does it just like Uncle Rob taught her and nothing...everything goes bad. She is hopeless. You are so lucky you have humans who can "can" deliciousness.
Oz

Lovable Lily said...

Well great grapes Batman! Those buckets are filled to the brim and look really yummy. Bet that's the best juice ever. Maybe Mommy should get off her butt and give up her nursing duties for a few hours and do that for our Daddy.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Two French Bulldogs said...

How cool is that. Wonder if we could do that around here since there are tons of grapes up north. Proof it works to fight germs
Lily & Edward

Sagira said...

WOW! That is a lot of grape juice. We remember your grape pie. :)

Dory and the Mama said...

Wow....that is lots of juice, but totally worth it to have healthy pawrents!!

We hope you were compensated with fresh milk bones from your tree for all your snoopervising!!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

easyweimaraner said...

your grapes look good... I can see it through the grape vine hehehe we have a lot of grapes this year butt they are as soure as...hmmm... sour grapes, yes as sour grapes. not even the chicken want them. no idea what happened this year...

Team Beaglebratz said...

Our mom won't even bring a grape in-tue the house. She worriez'boutz grapez fallin'on the floor an'one of us Beaglebratz snatchin'em. Or sittin'a bowlful of grapez on the counter an'Shiloh go in-tue hiz counter surfin'mode.

BUTT we Beaglebratz agree with Dory - u 2 NEED tue b COMPENSATED!
Shiloh-Lord of the Manor an'Diva Shasta

Chef Sasha said...

Holy Grapes that was a lot of grapes! You both do a great job of snoopervizing. What would they do without you?I bet that juice tastes really good, it stinks that us doggys cant have it. It is worth all the work to have healthy pawrents. Good job, now you deserve a nap.

Love Sasha

Poodle At Play said...

WOW that was a lot of grapes...and it made a lot of juice! Since Momma says grapes are no good for dogs I've never gotten to try them...but she says they are delicious for people and that grape juice is one of her favorite things.

Idaho PugRanch said...

Good thing you are supervising!
that is a lot of work but worth it if they never get a cold!
hugs
Mr Bailey & Hazel

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Mr Frankie. Wowza and yaahoo, that is a heap of grapes. We LOVE how your mum and dad grow stuffs and you show us and everything. Mum says, she is going to start a veggie patch this Spring. We hope she does. Sounds like your week is a good one :-) No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Mitch and Molly said...

Wow! That's a lot of grape juice and it looks so yummy! That's awesome that your mom and dad stay superhealthy making their own juice!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Duncan said...

WOWZA! Is there nothing your peeps can't do? My mom said she picked grapes with her grandad when she was little and she could not have any of the juice either because it was wine :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari oM
OMD - you got me drooling...AGAIN!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Murphy said...

WOW! That is a lot of grapes!! Your mom must really be planning on getting juiced! What? Oh, mom said I can't say that . . .

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley
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Ruby said...

OMD!!! FRESH grape juice???? Oh man, you guys really know how to live up there on the Hill!!!! Can I come live with you guys???? Please???? (Oh, and Ma too.. ☺)
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

Whitley Westie said...

If it were my momma, some fermentin would probably be involved. BOL!

Sarge said...

Hey FnE!
Wow, you guys did a great job of snoopervising to be sure this was all done right! BOL My peeps are planning the exact same process for this weekend. They all agree the juice is fabo and the grape pie is wonderful!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, Pol Comm

Sam said...

That sounds like a great remedy to ward off colds and stuff. Better that you even grow your own grapes.

Wallace Wright-Parkin said...

Wow...fascinating stuff!! And we're so impressed with your self-discipline, all that snoopervising butt not a single grape was eaten by either of you, nicely done.
Wally & Sammy

Uji, Izzy, Ziggy, Missi + Hiro said...

Ohh dat looks most delish guys wee has to say, wee wishes our Momster coods do fings likes dat.
Can wee asks whys dere is a clear levels in da jar on da rite pleese ?

Lovs
Da K Krew
XxxxxX

marley said...

Wow my pal...dat is sum hoperayshun yoo haz dere....is dey no makin any wines?

Bev Green said...

Wow guys what a beautiful sight to see..all those lovely grapes..and yes not good for pups at all..but very good for peeps...my grandparents on my dads side had orchards of grapes..and I remember as a littlie sitting in the back of the rickety tray truck gong between rows of luscious grapes...red black and green..they were huge table grapes...and boy by the mid afternoon I was running to the potty! use some of the old grape dipping tins in my garden :) what a lovely post :) hugs and loves Fozziemum xx

cupcakepetrillo said...

I'm getting a real education, here! I am also not allowed to drink poison grape juice, but Mom buys it at the store because it's good for her blood. My blood is on its own - because I'm a dog!

Love and licks,
Cupcake

LetterstoAndrew said...

That's very cool. So the grapes are picked to make juice with, not jam or just for eating?

M. K. Clinton said...

Ohhh! That sounds yummy! My father-in-law used to grow grapes for his wine along with muscadines! I'm sure the grape juice is MUCH safer! ☺