Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Grape Jelly '08: A Photo Essay

Step 1: Pick grapes before the birds get them (The multiple purple poo stains on our deck last September attend to the fact that I was too late last year.)

Step 2: Suggest to assistant that she actually pick a few grapes to go into the bowl.

Note: Lovely bowlful of grapes. Note also the horrendous shirt chosen for assistant. Perhaps it can get covered with grape stains and Never Be Seen of Again.

Step 3: (no photo) Hurry back inside because goodness! it's cold out and what kind of mother lets her child out in shorts in such weather?

Step 4: (no photo) Pick grapes from stems, wash grapes, wash multiple spots from counter where assistant placed purple fingers, smile with glee at grape stains on lame handmedownohwellwecanuseitasaplayshirt T.

Step 5: Mash grapes.

Step 6: Check on assistant.

Step 7: Boil grapes.

Step 8: Let grapes drip for 2+ hours. Thank the lucky stars above that this 2 hours also coincides with Nap Time.

Step 9: Have assistant read further directions.

Step 10: Have assistant add sugar and pectin to boiling juice.

Step 11: Pour into prepared jars and admire handiwork.

Step 12: Check on assistant.

Step 13: Contemplate multiple purpled dishes.

Step 14: Check on assistant.


Blogger Accidental Poet said...

you win the Fun Post of the Year award

7:26 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I'm particularly fond of the way the assistant's tongue hangs out while she adds the sugar! :-)

8:27 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

You've got yourself a most interesting and fun sous-chef! Making jam and jelly is not nearly as fun at my house.

10:09 AM  
Blogger darien said...

step 15
mail a jar to official tester in Ottawa. Quality control, you know!

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

what a delightful blog-stop this has been - thanks for sharing

12:39 PM  

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