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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Muscadine juice

    We've been offered picking rights on a friends muscadines and
    scuppernongs. Probably will go tomorrow if the rains don't come back.

    My question is simple, I'm really not in the mood for making jelly at
    the moment and am wondering if I can just get the juice out of them and
    then freeze it for later use? Any responses?

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    zxcvbob Guest

    Default Re: Muscadine juice

    George Shirley wrote:
    > We've been offered picking rights on a friends muscadines and
    > scuppernongs. Probably will go tomorrow if the rains don't come back.
    >
    > My question is simple, I'm really not in the mood for making jelly at
    > the moment and am wondering if I can just get the juice out of them and
    > then freeze it for later use? Any responses?



    Yes, that works pretty well. I have a couple of quarts of peach juice
    in my freezer from last year.

    bob

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    Gloria P Guest

    Default Re: Muscadine juice

    George Shirley wrote:
    > We've been offered picking rights on a friends muscadines and
    > scuppernongs. Probably will go tomorrow if the rains don't come back.
    >
    > My question is simple, I'm really not in the mood for making jelly at
    > the moment and am wondering if I can just get the juice out of them and
    > then freeze it for later use? Any responses?



    I don't see why it shouldn't work. A mutual friend of ours often uses
    frozen fruit or juice for jelly or jam.

    If yo u decide you don't want all that jelly, you can always thaw and
    drink the juice. (I guess for you that means unsweetened?)

    I am waiting to see whether the raccoons or I will get our Concord
    grapes first when they finally ripen.

    gloria p

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    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Muscadine juice

    zxcvbob wrote:
    > George Shirley wrote:
    >> We've been offered picking rights on a friends muscadines and
    >> scuppernongs. Probably will go tomorrow if the rains don't come back.
    >>
    >> My question is simple, I'm really not in the mood for making jelly at
    >> the moment and am wondering if I can just get the juice out of them
    >> and then freeze it for later use? Any responses?

    >
    >
    > Yes, that works pretty well. I have a couple of quarts of peach juice
    > in my freezer from last year.
    >
    > bob


    I've read about folks freezing juice for later use but have never tried
    it myself. Dependent upon how good the crop is I may start a batch of
    dry wine too.

    Thanks to all for their answers.

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    Mimi Guest

    Default Re: Muscadine juice

    Hi George,

    You don't even have to do the juicing right now if you don't want to.
    I've actually frozen the grapes whole and then later juiced them and
    made them into jelly. It worked beautifully. I've done the same with
    the wild mustang grapes--same result. Here is an abstract from an
    article that further explains that freezing the grapes whole for use
    later actually increases yield of juice and color:

    Juice Quality from Whole Muscadine Grapes Held in Frozen Storage
    L. F. Flora 1

    1 Department of Food Science, University of Georgia College of
    Agriculture Experiment Stations, Georgia Station, Experiment, Georgia
    30212.

    "Juices were pressed from heated and unheated whole black (`Hunt') and
    bronze muscadine grapes that had been held at -28 C for 9 months.
    Quality factors of the juices were measured, and the juices were
    submitted to panelists for acceptance ratings. Freezing apparently
    increases juice yield and pigment content of the juices. The flavor
    and color of the juices from frozen stored grapes were acceptable,
    with no indications of off-flavors or excessive browning. Results
    indicate that whole muscadines may be frozen for later processing into
    juice, jelly, preserves, wine, and other products."

    Accepted on March 11, 1976

    I didn't download the entire article--it is a pay-to-play site but,
    the above is enough for me to confirm my own findings.

    Hope this helps.

    : - )

  6. #6
    George Shirley Guest

    Default Re: Muscadine juice

    Mimi wrote:
    > Hi George,
    >
    > You don't even have to do the juicing right now if you don't want to.
    > I've actually frozen the grapes whole and then later juiced them and
    > made them into jelly. It worked beautifully. I've done the same with
    > the wild mustang grapes--same result. Here is an abstract from an
    > article that further explains that freezing the grapes whole for use
    > later actually increases yield of juice and color:
    >
    > Juice Quality from Whole Muscadine Grapes Held in Frozen Storage
    > L. F. Flora 1
    >
    > 1 Department of Food Science, University of Georgia College of
    > Agriculture Experiment Stations, Georgia Station, Experiment, Georgia
    > 30212.
    >
    > "Juices were pressed from heated and unheated whole black (`Hunt') and
    > bronze muscadine grapes that had been held at -28 C for 9 months.
    > Quality factors of the juices were measured, and the juices were
    > submitted to panelists for acceptance ratings. Freezing apparently
    > increases juice yield and pigment content of the juices. The flavor
    > and color of the juices from frozen stored grapes were acceptable,
    > with no indications of off-flavors or excessive browning. Results
    > indicate that whole muscadines may be frozen for later processing into
    > juice, jelly, preserves, wine, and other products."
    >
    > Accepted on March 11, 1976
    >
    > I didn't download the entire article--it is a pay-to-play site but,
    > the above is enough for me to confirm my own findings.
    >
    > Hope this helps.
    >
    > : - )


    It certainly makes it easier to do anyway.

    All I have to do now is to wait for the rain to quit. Weather geeks say
    it will be raining at least through next Wednesday.

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