Homemade Raisins (& the painstaking truth)

It doesn’t happen very often, but once in a blue moon, I’ll take a step back and assess the amount of input into a homesteading activity versus the output of said activity: maybe don’t do that if you want to make homemade raisins.

The idea of homemade raisins is very simple: clip off all the clusters of gorgeous, purple marbles hanging from the winding vines that the rogue chickens haven’t already stolen, lay the fresh grapes onto dehydrator trays, and allow the warm air to take the moisture from said grapes.

Yes, in theory, homemade raisins make much sense.

But then there’s the little bit they tend to leave out of the instructions. And by the “little bit” I mean the teeny tiny little bit of stem that will break off the cluster but not out of the single grapes resulting in the painstaking process of using fingertips to pinch off the very last bit of stem out of each and every grape.

I want to make sure you heard me. Every. Single. Grape.

I’m not saying homemade grapes aren’t worth it. Of course they are! Grapes are an amazing perennial that will happily bear you more fruit each year. They’re not only ridiculously productive but also strikingly hardy and a wonderful landscaping plant. They win – grapes, on my farm, always win.

So fine. Fine. I’ll stand in the kitchen and pluck every single grape from the step before plucking every single stem from every single grape.

I want to make sure you heard me. Every. Single. Grape.



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