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Jamanda

Grapes!

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.
12Bore

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


dpack

splendid Very Happy
Mistress Rose

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

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.
Cathryn

When will this wine be ready then? Wink
tahir

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? Shocked
oldish chris

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

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

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 Wink

The important issue remains Jamanda's huge find.
Jamanda

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

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

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

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

Sorry, can't help with that. Just a tip for faster slicing! Not scrounging (don't often get down to Bucks), just curious. Thanks for the tip, but I can't see me trying to make raisins again.

Straying way off topic, seems that prior to circa 1850, my ancestors (through the male line) lived in the Cheddington area of Bucks.
wellington womble

Really - we lived quite near cheddington. Mistress Rose

My ancestors also came from Bucks. Think there are still some of the family there, but rather distant, so I don't know them. My great grandfather moved to Richmond some time late 19th century I think. The family had a farm on the Hughenden estate. wellington womble

I know that too. I ought to point out that I don't actually live in Bucks anymore. I've recently moved up to the midlands and have failed to update my profile!
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