Grapes to Raisins

I love to harvest our own produce.  Well, I love it when Bop harvests our produce and then I will process it some way.  This year we did not get many grapes from our vines.  They had been pruned back severely and did not produce as many as we had hoped.  Our neighbours, however, shared their bounty, and they had seedless grapes.

She told me she would dehydrate them, making them into raisins.  Then used them in the most wonderful butter tarts.  How could I resist?  I had to keep up to the “Jones” and try this myself.

Grape Harvest

Grape Harvest

Sitting in a sink full of water, stems and all, it looked like a pretty good haul.  It is a bit picky work and you do need to try and get all the little stems off of the grapes.  I know I missed some.

In the Dehydrator

The entire crop filled my four tray dehydrator.  I could almost taste the butter tarts already!

before-and-after-raisins

Before and After

Wow, real raisins.  You would not believe how sticky they were.  One dropped on the floor, bounced and stuck to the oven.  Needless to say, I ate that one.  From very full to almost overflowing trays of grapes, as you can see, they shrunk a good deal.  After all was said and done, I ended up with one full, medium sized, zip lock bag of raisins.  I will tuck them away and make my tarts and perhaps I will share, perhaps I won’t.

Comments

  1. Debbie Welchert says:

    I definitely have to try this. Fresh raisins, yummy. They would be great in my hot cereal too.

  2. You’re making me want to pull out my dehydrator! I haven’t used it in years. My daughter is only 7 months old, but dehydrating some fruit would be a great idea for snacks when she’s older. I haven’t tried grapes in it before.

  3. Debra Holloway says:

    I found this review fascinating. I would love to try this. I love all natural homemade products.

  4. Tamra Phelps says:

    That’s really interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this done at home, but it would be a great use of grapes. And I absolutely would’ve eaten that bouncing raisin! 5 second rule, ya know?!

  5. denise low says:

    Thank you for sharing. We have dehydrated bananas but not grapes yet.

  6. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I have never made my own raisins and I should try to do it. I am sure the tart will be delicious.

  7. Terry Poage says:

    That is a cool process. I love Raisins.

  8. Angela Lombardi says:

    I definitely need to try this!

  9. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    These sound so good. Great snack for the family. Thank you so much for sharing

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