Painted Mountain corn
We can grow Painted Mountain corn in our short growing season here, too. It’s one of the only breeds of corn I can dependably grow here every summer. The animals like it but I have a hard time selling the taste to my family as corn bread. How do you and Will use your Painted Mountain?
We use our Painted Mountain as cornmeal. As it is a low-sugar variety, you may want to add a little more honey or sugar to your cornbread as we modern people have become more used to a lot more sweetening than older corns provide. We love its nutty, rich flavor just as it is but we realize that tastes differ a lot. — Jackie
Canning grape juice
I have been making muscadine grape jelly and will have some juice left over. I want to water bath it and save it for next year. Do I need to do anything special to it?
Thanks and sure hope you are feeling better!
Newport News, Virginia
Thanks Sheryl. I AM feeling a lot better and am really glad to have gotten rid of that crummy gallbladder!
No, you don’t have to do anything special to your grape juice. Just water bath it as usual. I’ve done a ton of juices this year so I can make more jelly in the future. As I’m now using my Mehu Liisa (Thank you, thank you!) I have so much MORE juice than I did before so I can make jelly at my leisure or on years when we don’t have a fruit crop. Just bring the juice up to a very warm temperature (not boiling) and ladle into hot jars. Then process as usual. — Jackie