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Monday Morning in the Kitchen: Freezing Grapes


I planted grape vines soon after moving into this house.  I thought it would be nice to have grapes for fresh-eating, so most of the grapes are Thompson Seedless.  I have a red seedless variety as well. 

Guess what?  The vines are productive!  We have grapes--lots of grapes.  Recently a friend told me that she has been freezing her grapes (something I was familiar with) after coating them with Jello powder (a technique I hadn't heard before).  She let me try some, and I must admit they were yummy.  



Start by gathering your grapes.



Take them off the stems, wash them, and allow to air-dry briefly on towels.



Put grapes into a quart-size freezer bag, filling about 1/3 of the bag.  Dump one large box (or two small boxes) of sugar-free Jello mix into the bag.  (I imagine you could use the full-sugar variety, and you could probably cover more grapes that way.)  Close bag and shake to cover the grapes.  
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Thanks for fruit--Jello-covered or not!

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  1. I freeze grapes all the time for a refreshing treat. I also use them in place of ice for chilling drinks - very tasty.

    I've never tried coating the grapes for freezing. I'll try it.

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  2. I am a grape attic! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  3. Well, that sounds delish!

    My dad planted grapes last summer and has a harvest of about 15 grapes this year. Except he didn't get seedless ones. Crazy man.

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  4. That looks delicious but what does the jello do when the grapes thaw? Add a flavor I imagine but what exactly, why not sugar or just plain? I'm thinking I want to plant grapes now!

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    1. I know that plain works just fine, and I imagine sugar would as well. I eat the grapes while they are still frozen, so I don't know what the jello would do when thawed.

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  5. Wow! That is a lot of grapes!! Fantastic.
    Do you have a good way of getting them off the stems?
    I have never heard of such a thing, either. You'll have to let us know what the best flavor Jell-O to use is.

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    1. My best idea for getting them off the stems is to gather the family together and put everyone to work. If there is an easier way, I don't know it.

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    2. That is a terrific way to get the grapes off the stems, Kristi! Very Tom Sawyer of you!

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  6. You are so lucky to have fresh grapes growing! They look fantastic and not your typical crop!

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  7. They look awesome ....I freeze grapes plain without the jello, I told my son and he loves them too!!!!Can you make jam?

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  8. We had a ton of grapes this year, too! But I didn't know about freezing them. This is our first year of having them. I have been eating them and giving them away. It helped to have my granddaughter here for a bit to eat her fair share. :) Sounds yummy! Thanks!

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