The list of possibilities for what to do with leftover grapes is almost endless. Think about all the delicious creations made with the juicy, subtly sweet fruit: raisins, various wines, fruit juice, and so many other treats.
This article will provide you with a few ideas to help you figure out what the most ideal option is for you to use up those leftover grapes. You may even have enough grapes to opt for more than one of the tasty solutions given, which include smoked grapes, muffins, pies, and grape jam.
This should be enough information to get you started on eating all the extra grapes you find yourself with.
1 – Smoked Grapes
A very unique option for your grapes that may seem odd to some readers is smoking the fruit. Smoked grapes can complement other ingredients on a charcuterie board, such as prosciutto, quite well.
To smoke your grapes, simply place them in a smoker for about 15 minutes with the device set to around 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
Speaking of charcuterie boards, you can also make your own wine at home with your leftover grapes. However, this can get a bit complicated due to the many steps involved and information you need to learn. Thus, this article does not include the steps for making your own wine.
You can easily research the subject and see if you’re up for the challenge. It can be a very fun and unique experience, and you could enjoy your smoked grapes with a nice wine, both of which you created with your own hands. That would have to feel good.
2 – Grape Muffins
Grapes are delicious components to a fluffy muffin. They play the same role in baked foods as any other fruit, adding a pop of tart, sweet flavor. They also add a nice texture to muffins.
There are many recipes available, but here is one that’s sure to make good use of your leftover grapes. It is best to use Concord grapes for this particular recipe.
Unfortunately, if you have grapes that aren’t seedless, you will first need to remove the seeds. This can be time-consuming, but it’s a promise that it will be worth it once you taste these muffins. Once your grapes are de-seeded, you can move on to the less tedious parts of the process.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
- Half-pound de-seeded grapes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk (or milk alternative)
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
First, you should preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After de-seeding your grapes, put them into a bowl with the flour, mixing them together. In a separate bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar with the milk, and set it to the side so it can begin curdling.
In a third, larger bowl, mix up the flour, lemon zest, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Make sure these ingredients are combined well by using a whisk.
Next, without overly combining, make a dent in the middle of the dry ingredients, and pour in your milk and vinegar mixture, as well as the vanilla and oil. Then, fold your grapes into the mixture.
Take a muffin tin lined with paper muffin cups, and slowly pour the finished mixture into each cup, filling them only three-quarters of the way to allow room for the muffins to rise. Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes.
After they cool off, you can enjoy the fruits (or fruit-filled goods) of your labor.
3 – Grape Pie
This is another recipe that calls for Concord grapes to get the most flavorful results. Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 8 cups de-seeded grapes
- Pie crust of your choosing (or dough to make your own crust)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg + 1 tablespoon water
If you are making your own pie crust, the first thing you should do is prepare the crust. Roll out the dough you are using, and separate a third of it for the top lattice of the pie, which you will add last. The other two-thirds of the dough should be used to line the bottom of your 9” pie pan.
Throw your pie pan in the fridge while you prepare the lattice and filling. Cut the other third of your dough into strips around one and a half inches wide. Take the strips and make a lattice out of them, and place it in the fridge with the other dough.
Similarly to the previous recipe, you will need to make cuts in your grapes and remove the seeds before you use them. You will also need to hold on to the grape skin. Squeeze the pulp from the grapes into a separate bowl as you remove the skin and seeds.
Put the pulp in a pan over the stove on medium heat to get the pulp simmering. You can remove the pan from the heat once the pulp has been transformed into juice, which should take around 10 minutes. Then, after it cools a bit, squeeze as much of the remaining juice as possible from the pulp and skins.
Allow the pulp to cool the rest of the way, mix up the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a bowl, and then add the pulp and vanilla extract.
Next, pour the mixture into the pie crust, then arrange your lattice overtop the filling. You can whip the egg with water and use this to brush over the lattice after you have let your pie sit in the fridge while the oven preheats, which will take about 10 minutes.
It will take about 40 to 45 minutes for your pie to finish baking. The crust should be a nice golden-brown color.
4 – Grape Jam
Almost everyone loves grape jam. It’s arguably the most commonly found fruit jam in North America. It turns out that homemade grape jam is even more delicious than most of the stuff you can buy at the store, and it is so much fresher.
This is as good a reason as any to try out a jam recipe with your leftover grapes. Take a look at the recipe below. These particular instructions are for making a small batch of jam.
This grape jam requires the following ingredients:
- 1 pound grapes
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon low-sugar pectin
Before you begin the process of heating your grapes, you should first squeeze as much juice from them as possible. After you do this step, you should remove the stems as best as you can, and then place the grapes into a pan over the stove with one-third cup of water.
Bring the water and grapes to a simmer, and let the mixture bubble for about 10 minutes. During this time, you can break up the grapes and stir the mixture around. Do this until the grapes become a pulp.
After 10 minutes of simmering, remove the pan from the stove, letting it cool a bit before straining the pulp. Put the pulp back on the stove, and add the sugar, pectin, and lemon juice. Bring this mixture to a boil over high heat.
Once the mixture reaches 220 degrees Fahrenheit, it is ready to remove from the heat and cool sufficiently before pouring the jam into a glass jar. Spread your homemade grape jam over English muffins, toast, or anything else that could use some sweet flavor.
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