I am very lucky to forage so much of nature’s bounty from my very own backyard. A few Saturday’s ago it was lavender sachet bags.
I heartily recommend making raisins if you have grapes growing on your property or can forage them. I do not recommend buying grapes and making raisins, the cost and time involved would not be worth it.
First Things First
- Make sure they are in fact grapes – spend time researching and comparing leaves and fruit with safe varieties online
- Wash and eat a few off the vine – are they sweet? Tart? Get an idea if they’d make a good raisin-a raisin will be a very concentrated flavor of the raw grape
Our area of grape leaves are in a corner of the yard that hadn’t been cared for in years. Grape vines in the wild stretch and reach across all other trees and surfaces, similar to what I imagine happens to the castle in Sleeping Beauty.
Collect as many as you want, there are no restrictions or quotas to meet.
- Rinse them in a bowl of water and remove them from the stem. Note: I did not do that because I thought it would be tedious—boy was I wrong—it was extremely time-consuming trying to separate the dried vine from the dried grapes. Take a few extra minutes and do this when they will easily separate. Thanks to my mother-in-law for her assistance 🙂
- I picked enough that I filled 3 dehydrator trays.
- Dehydrate at 110F for 48+ hours – until they look and taste like raisins.
- Store in a ball jar or ziplock bag – keep in the refrigerator or pantry shelf.
What do you forage in your backyard?