Wednesday, September 20, 2006


What does one do on a rainy afternoon with a box full of more grapes than she can eat in a month? Make raisins, of course.

Cambridge International Dictionary of English: Raisin - noun - a dried black grape.

Okay, so these aren't black grapes. Do they still count? As far as I can tell, they are actually "Sultanas."

This is about half way through the process. You can see that they are starting to shrivel nicely. I've never actually made raisins's always been dried cherries (very yummy), occasionally blueberries, and, of course, fruit leather. I really have no idea how long this is going to take, so I'm just winging it. So far, it's been about a day.

Voila! The finished product. Quite scrumptious and "sans sulphites." They'll be delicious in cookies and bars.


Cheryl said...

Cool! I've never made raisins before either (probably because organic grapes are so flipping expensive!). I hope my vines will start producing next year so I can try too.
Where'd you get so many grapes?

Carla said...

My Dad planted a vine a few years ago...and it's starting to produce. Lucky me. But I recently bought some spray free Coronation grapes in the Okanagan. Very yummy (my favorite) and you can use them the same way as blueberries. Amazing in muffins. They are my favorite variety.

Cheryl said...

I didn't know that about Coronation grapes. I love eating them as is, but putting them into muffins sounds yummy. Thankfully, that's one of the varieties I planted!

Carla said...

I freeze them just like I do blueberries and bake with them. They're also good in smoothies.