One day we stopped by to see Joe- our farmer friend down the road. We wandered the farm looking at the last of his bounty for the season. It was a glorious day that I enjoyed so much. Before we left with our bushel of apples we bought from him, he handed me a few handfuls of fresh concord grapes he picked the day before. The smell was absolutely HEAVENLY & the taste was even better. We could have very easily eaten them all while we drove around that day & that would have been it for those grapes. But I held everyone off & saved them until we got home. I wanted to make something with them that would allow us to enjoy those fresh concord grapes for many days.
Just look at how gorgeous these ones are. I went a little photo happy while I was there.
He picked these off later that day.
OH! MY! GOSH! This tastes amazing.
I’m having a hard time not eating it right out of the jar.
Concord Grape Spread
- 2 cups washed grapes
- 3 cups water
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- Place all ingredients in medium-large stockpot
- Place 2 spoons in the freezer to chill.
- Bring pot to a boil & keep boiling about 40-45 minutes - keep stirring through this time.
- You will see the grapes break down, the seeds floating around & the mixture thickening up.
- Once you reach the 40 minute mark take one of your spoons from the freezer & dip it in your spread- return to the freezer for 3 minutes. Continue to boil mixture while you are waiting for the spoon.
- Remove spoon & tip to see if it runs- if it doesn't- your spread is ready.
- If it does run- continue to boil additional 5 minutes at a time & repeat the spoon test until it doesn't run.
- Once it's ready - remove from heat. Place a mesh colander over a small bowl & pour your spread in carefully. Press through with your spatula to get as much of the spread into your bowl while straining those seeds & remaining skins out.
- Once you have strained completely- toss the seeds & skins & transfer your spread to your jars.
- Allow to cool overnight before using.
- Store in refrigerator or in freezer for long term.
You will LOVE having this on your morning toast or muffin.
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