Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Concord Grape Jelly

A few years ago my gate to my fence going from the driveway to the backyard broke. Replacing the whole fence was out fiscally and doing just the gate was going to look odd and not match I decided to put in an arbor and planted Concord grapes and Niagara grapes. Well the Concord grapes are ripe and purple.
I had 1.8 lbs of grapes.
1.8lbs concord grapes
1.8 cups sugar
juice of 1/2 lemon

Cover Jars with 2 inches of water and boil 10 minutes to sterilize.
Put a plate or two in freezer to test jam later

1. Remove the skins for the grapes .
2. combine the skins and 1 cup sugar together in a blender or food processor till skins pureed
3. Over medium heat combine grape insides, remaining 0.8 cup sugar, juice of 1/2 lemon, and skin sugar mix. Simmer until grapes are broken down about 15 minutes
4.Strain through a fine mesh sieve or food mill
5. Return jam to pan to simmer 15 minutes
6.Start testing by putting a dollop on the cold plate and then see if it runs.When not running jam is done may take up to anther 25 minutes of simmering
7. Pour Jam into jars and place lids on  finger tip tight
8. Place under water and boil 10 minutes remove from water and allow to cool

Monday, August 12, 2013

Painkiller Sorbet- Pineapple orange coconut rum sorbet

As many if not all of you know Painkillers are a delicious rum drink made up of Rum( often and classically  Pussers but I occasionally use Mt Gay) OJ, Pineapple, coconut milk and topped with a dusting of fresh ground nutmeg. In other words the most delicious things in a glass possible.
Now a good friend of mine challenged me to make it into a delicious sorbet or ice cream, Adding milk was problematic so we need to talk sorbet which is based on fruit juice.

3/4 cup Pineapple juice
1 1/4 cup Orange juice
1/2 cup simple syrup ( dissolve two cups sugar in one cup water over low heat and then store)
2 tablespoons molasses
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground nutmeg
2 oz rum (pussers or mt gay)

Combine everything except the rum and pour into ice cream machine. I use this one. Depending on machine stir for 20-40 minutes. Half way through add the rum. Stir until mostly iced up and transfer to plastic ice cream container. Allow to continue to harden until fully set another 2-4 hours. Serve. As a delicious serving suggestion try a shot of rum over the whole thing.