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« on: October 19, 2010, 09:14:34 AM »

Has anyone tried freezing muscadines or grapes before. I picked 5 gallons of bronze muscadines last year and put them in the freezer in gallon zip lock bags. I discovered them recently and tried to thaw them and eat them. I found that the best way I like them is to just run a little warm water on them one at the time and peel the skins off. It work something like skinning a tomato after dunking in hot water for a few seconds. I peel as many as I want to eat at a sitting, a dozen of so, and then eat them still frozen. It's like eating muscadine sherbet or something. Just watch for the seed. 

I also froze some red grapes. They peel easier than the muscadines, just run a little water on them and pinch and they slip right out of there skins. Since grapes are available year round I wouldn't do it except these grapes have a special meaning to me. They were my Dad's when I was a much younger and looked forward to eating them with him each year. Now he's gone but the memories remain.
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2010, 01:08:05 PM »

If I have any luck at all, I may have some to freeze in a couple years.  I think it would be an excellent means of keeping them until you have time to make jelly or juice.  Sometimes I'm not ready when the harvest is.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2010, 05:33:00 PM »

I freeze them for wine making, just put them in a trash bag and wrap them up good and stick them in the freezer.. we have preserved them for several months that way before processing them into wine.

The other method I use is to go ahead and juice them, then put the juice in canning jars.. seal them, water bath for 10 minutes... when we are ready to make jelly just pop open a jar or two and process them into jelly. Fast and effective if you dont happen to have time to make jelly during the harvest season.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 12:32:59 PM »

My Grandmother used to freeze them and then make jelly with them later.
I seem to remember my Grandfather making wine with them after freezing them as well.
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 01:50:18 PM »

CHUCKGA,Good to see you back.

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 02:25:42 PM »

There's my buddy,Chuck!

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