Food Gardening

Jul 21

Simmered Grape Pulp + Cheese Cloth = Homemade Grape Jelly

Recently I picked about 15 – 20 pounds of wild Mustang Grapes near my house and generated 15 Cups of Grape Pulp after boiling down the whole grapes and straining the mixture through a colander to separate the juice and pulp from the skins and seeds. I was prepared to make three batches of Homemade …

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Jul 15

Easy To Make Homemade Wild Grape Jam

Recently I found the mother lode of wild grapes growing near my home in Katy, TX. Since the wild Mustang Grapes (Vitis mustangensis) are not suitable for eating fresh (too acidic), I knew that I was going to be canning homemade grape jam. In the post Homemade Garden Grape Jam, Welch’s Take Note!, I detailed …

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Jul 14

Picking Wild Grapes in the Tame Suburbs of Katy, TX

Living in Houston, TX does not invoke images of the wild and untamed world but every now and then one does find a surprise. Most often it is seeing wild life (feral pigs, deer, snakes, rabbits and alligators) while biking through the reservoir. A few days ago while riding my mountain bike along a less …

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Jul 06

Minty Mint, the Amazing Aromatic and yet Pesky Perennial

There are three things that I know about growing Mint. First, it is almost impossible to kill unless you completely forget to water the plant. Second, unless the plant is severely contained in a pot dug into ground, your Mint will go from being an herb to an invasive weed. Third, you can probably count …

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Jun 30

Honey, Where is the Dried Mint?

Dried Mint like many of the spices and herbs that sit in the spice rack abandoned and begging “Pick Me! Pick Me!” are never noticed until you need them for a recipe. You then remember that you used the last of the containers contents three months ago and never purchased a replacement jar of the …

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