Yes the drought is good for grapes. Sitting watching movies and ballgames on tv, I finally got the bunch I had picked stripped off the stems and ready for the juicer. I had a couple of gallon size Ziplock bags full of them. After all that work picking and stripping, it took only a few minutes to run the whole batch through my Breville juicer.
I got my juicer as a gift years ago, and it intimidated me. I’m always afraid I’ll break stuff like that, and that fear kept me from using it at first. Then I started getting fruit fast and furious off the trees and vines my husband planted, and we just started running stuff through to see what we’d get. Apples are fantastic, grapes are outrageous, peaches make the nectar of the gods.
Yeah, you have to take the whole thing apart as soon as you’re done with it and clean it, that’s a no brainer. That also used to intimidate me until I got used to it. I learned to pay attention so I don’t get stuff all over the kitchen, don’t lose parts, etc. I always keep stuff like this in the box it came in, and I keep my kitchen organized so I can get stuff out and put it away without a lot of fuss. My juicer holds down the corner of the counter, a stretch I don’t use for anything but juicing stuff a few times a year.
I don’t use the pulp for anything. It’s flavorless and dry. I’ve tried apple pulp in cookies and muffins – makes them taste dry and mushy. I don’t worry about the pulp too much anymore – except with grapes. I put grape pulp in a strainer and smash it with a spoon – in just a few minutes I got another whole pint of juice doing this. The juicer is great, but it still takes some work if you want to maximize your gain.
When you have fruit growing in your yard, it’s coming at you so fast at times, you are going to have waste. I minimize waste with my juicer. I try to save some whole fruit, but there’s only so much space in the freezer. The pint containers take up less space, they stack real neat in there.
And I just can’t tell you how delightful it was, last February or so, finding a pint of grape juice in the freezer. A little bit of Summer, stowed away for the most depressing time of year.
And now, believe it or not, there’s even more grapes left on the vines and I will do the whole thing again!