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Old 09-26-2009, 11:56 AM
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Question muscadines & scuppernong Question

I have some whole muscadines & scuppernong in the freezer. I want to free up some space. I would like to can them up for latter use. Can I can them whole? Do I need to deseed them? I would rather not make juice or jelly now, But can I do that latter with them canned?
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Freezing has pretty much destroyed the cell structure/texture of the grapes so you would not have the same product if you now tried to 'can' them whole, but would be good for jams or jellies.
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Generally, I don't like to process things twice. The most important reason is that each process cuts down on the nutritional value of the food. The other is that the texture is often changed too much, IMHO. And, perhaps someone else will know if double processing will affect the process if you plan to make grape jelly.

If there's any way you can, I'd suggest that you go ahead and make your end product now. For one thing, you'll save yourself a lot of work, as you'll cut out that from freezer to jar step that's between the freezer and the jelly/juice jar.

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You can also go ahead and cook them down, get your juice, and can or freeze the juice for the jelly later.
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Thanks ya'll, I still haven't decided what I'm going to do yet. Next time I'll know to can some before I freeze all the left overs. I wanted to get started on it today, but I spent the day baking bread to freeze. (I was out) Tomorrow chicken before it gets freezer burnt.

NCLee, thanks for asking the question for me on the other post. I would not have thought about it.
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How about dehydrating some to use in granola or baking? Just de-seed them, cut them in quarters and dry them, store them in an airtight jar.

I had some regular green grapes that were starting to look old, and I dried them. Later I was glad to have them for homemade granola. I don't know if they'd turn brown like apples or potatoes, since I soaked mine in some lemon water before dehydrating. Does anyone know?
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Thanks Mom Of Four, Didn't thank of that yet. I done the same with green seedless, I did not soak them in any thing & they did turn a golden brown. They do taste good.
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From my childhood I vaguely remember that a relative or friend of my mother's had frozen some muscadines and was shocked when she thawed them out and there were well, mush.




She called my mom all disgusted and all I remeber is we went over picked up a HUGE quantity of muscadine mush, 1/2 of which my mom made jelly with the other half a great-aunt made muscadine wine with.

i REALLY ENJOYED THAT JELLY ON MY BISCUITS FOR IT SEEMS NOW ABOUT 2 YEARS.

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Thanks gunsmoke, sounds sooo good.
Still have not took them out of the freezer yet. Been too busy with apples, peaches, pears, & need to make more bread today. Oh well life is busy.
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Been too busy with apples, peaches, pears, & need to make more bread today. Oh well life is busy.
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