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Jamanda
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 14 4:20 pm    Post subject: Grapes!  Reply with quote    

I came across a huge vine laden with small, but sweet and ripe black grapes today! I didn't have the wherewithal to carry much away today, but I think wine may well be the way to go! The boy got some photos which I will endeavour to get him to post when he emerges.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 14 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like a good raisin to go back for more...

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 14 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

splendid

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 14 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lucky find. Not the most usual thing to find for foraging in the UK.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In my greenhouse, I have a vine. Very productive. But what to do with the crop? Been experimenting. The experiment was a success, in as far as it convincingly demonstrated that my brilliant idea was in fact Naff.

Idea = make raisins in my oven. Found a "quick" method on Youtube, cut grapes in half, put in dehydrator at 70C for 3 hours. I have no dehydrator, but I do have a super electric oven that will heat at that kind of temperature. It took ages to halve enough grapes to cover three baking sheets. Super ovens are not ventilated, so I had to frequently open the door, change the air and remove condensation. After 4 hours the grapes were (guessing) 3/4 of the way to being raisins. At this point I gave up. Next problem, what to do with 600gm of semi-raisins. Spent best part of an hour de-seeding them. Then bunged them into a cake mix. My other half is most impressed with the end result. Mind you, 4 hours work and 5 hours of oven time for one fruit cake is a bit excessive.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When will this wine be ready then?

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

oldish chris wrote:
Next problem, what to do with 600gm of semi-raisins. Spent best part of an hour de-seeding them. Then bunged them into a cake mix. My other half is most impressed with the end result. Mind you, 4 hours work and 5 hours of oven time for one fruit cake is a bit excessive.


600 g raisins in one fruit cake?

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
oldish chris wrote:
Next problem, what to do with 600gm of semi-raisins. Spent best part of an hour de-seeding them. Then bunged them into a cake mix. My other half is most impressed with the end result. Mind you, 4 hours work and 5 hours of oven time for one fruit cake is a bit excessive.


600 g raisins in one fruit cake?
OK, so I can be rather frugal More like 400gm that had been "plumped up", e.g, by soaking in tea. The cake mix was based on 1lb of flour.

tahir



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm not knocking you, just worried about your digestive system

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I'm not knocking you, just worried about your digestive system
If only you knew. Being a bit poorly, I'm having to take some medication that has some side effects. One of them is that I have spells that are not dissimilar to IBS. So far, grapes are one of the foods that I can tolerate. So, this month's organic cure for cancer is anthocyanin, I'm managing about 1/2lb of grapes a day. In 4 weeks time I'll be able to tell you that that hasn't worked either

The important issue remains Jamanda's huge find.

Jamanda
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm hoping there'll be enough left when I take a trug or so along next weekend.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 14, 14 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you sandwich the grapes (gently) between two plates, you can slice horizontally between the plates in no time.

oldish chris



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 14 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
If you sandwich the grapes (gently) between two plates, you can slice horizontally between the plates in no time.
and then? Do you have a dehydrator?

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 14 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sorry, can't help with that. Just a tip for faster slicing!

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