Of the three varieties of fruit we were lucky enough to inherit from the previous owners of our house, only one of them was productive. Technically, all three were productive, managing to make fruit, but only one was productive enough for human consumption. The plums never sweetened up and the apples went crabby.
But our grape vines were VERY productive. So productive in fact, that we’ve been more than impressed with ourselves in aiding these plants generate such an abundance of grapes.
In an effort to get the most out of our backyard grapes, Jason stated early on that he intended to try his hand at making raisins. This statement was made shortly after my mom presented us with her seldom-used food dehydrator. We never really intended to go all out this year and try juicing or making jelly/jam. What we did discuss was how to set up even more vines for next year. A real Grape Escape, complete with one of these.
To begin, Jason collected, de-vined, and washed the grapes. Then he delicately placed them onto the trays of the food dehydrator.
After all the little grapes are snug in the dehydrator, we left it running… and running…and running. According to the manufacturer’s website, grapes take ten to thirty-six hours. Now, granted, our dehydrator is a little more antiquated than what they currently have listed on the website, but come on… it took about two days (literally 50 hours of enduring the low hum of the machine).
But, in the end, it was well worth the hum.. er wait. All those grapes gave us all these raisins. More than one man needs (one man is all who’s gonna eat them too because I don’t).
And what better way to use these raisins up than to use them in cookies. Oatmeal cookies.
A few days ago I was reading this blog, and while her cookies have neater things than raisins in them, it reminded me that I promised Jason I would make him cookies with his raisins.
So today, between work projects, I did just that. I just used the recipe from the Quaker Oatmeal box.
And finally, after a batch without raisins (for me) and one with (for Jason), we have cookies.