Muscadine Grapes

Discussion in 'Canning' started by az_redneck, Jul 22, 2007.

  1. az_redneck

    az_redneck Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I got small seedless black grapes from a local vineyard for .25/lb yesterday and loaded my dehydrator with them this morning. Got me thinking. I have heard of Muscadine grapes in the past and never had a chance to try them. I understand they too are small. Are they sour? Would they make good raisins?

    Just curious..

  2. I have heard of WINE made from Muscadine grapes, I have never had a chance to try it, but I hear it is quite tasty!
  3. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've never heard of making raisins from muscadines. I've had muscadine wine (not much of a wine drinker, but it was OK). My favorite is fried pies with muscadine filling that my Mom makes. Muscadine preserves or jelly is also good.

    Here is a link that may help you out a little bit.
  4. az_redneck

    az_redneck Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hmmm.. That site says they sell them in the local Krogers and whatnot down south.. Might have to send one of my friends here some money and have them ship some to me. I'll raisin them up! [​IMG]
  5. az_redneck

    az_redneck Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I didn't even think to ask if these are seedless.... ????
  6. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    No, they have lots of seeds.
  7. payson

    payson Meat Mopper

    They also have a very leathery skin. Most people don't eat the skin.... I've got quite a few growing in my back yard. I'll be glad to send some your way AZ_Redneck when they get ripe. I don't think making raisins would be even remotely possible though.
  8. bob marsh

    bob marsh Fire Starter

    Muscadines and Scuppernongs are beloved treats here in NC - Many local vineyards produce wines from these grapes but on the whole the wines are always a bit thick and sweet for my taste . As Payson stated they have very thick skins and as such I doubt they'd make good raisins - They are, however delicious to eat by themselves and it's always a great treasure when you run across a wild vine that will typically grow up the trunk of a tall neighboring tree - Then you're stuck for hours picking and climbing and climbing and picking cause you have to pick a BIG bunch to satisfy your hunger.

    The technique I employ is to sorta gently squeeze the skin and the ripe grape will squirt out the stem hole to be enjoyed and the thick skin discarded.
  9. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Definantly not on the small side. I love the taste. Neighbor grows quite abit of them for wine and jelly they make. Deer love them too. [​IMG]

    I have a smaller dark grape called a fox grape, was wondering if thats what you got?? They still have a seed in them though.
  10. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    I've got a little scuppernong orchard in the backyard that's been neglected for a while. Not exactly small grapes and they do have seeds in them. I thinned the vines out last winter so this year i should get some pretty good grapes. Only time will tell.
  11. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    hope you kept the vines.........season em......make good smoking wood
  12. ikebbq

    ikebbq Fire Starter

    sure didn't save any since i hadn't taken up smoking then. I'll have to keep that in mind next time i trim them. How long should they be seasoned for, about the same as any other wood?
  13. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    actually no clue..........but being smaller in dia. shouldn't be as long.........

    i would think

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