Recipes and Ideas for Using Frozen Grapes
Grapes All Year Long
We were happy to move into a home that included a yard full of fruit trees and berry bushes. Most precious of all to us, people from the far cold hinterlands, were the succulent green table grapes that grew prolifically on the old arbor.
Some years I am exhausted when the harvest coincides with the autumn rains, which are common to the west coast of Canada where we live. Figs, apples, blackberries and grapes seem to all want attention at the same time. Swarms of little fruit flies hang in the air. I burn the midnight oil making jam, freezing, and contributing to that shockingly high yearly statistic for sugar over-use by Canadians of this era.
We are not wine-makers, nor are we even wine-drinkers, at this time in our life. We take the grapes to potlucks at the church and share with friends who don't have grapes of their own. We fill up the freezer with bags of frozen fruit as well. Some of the frozen grapes, figs and berries will go into daily morning smoothies. However, I have now found a number of luscious recipes for frozen grapes that I had no idea existed.
If you have an abundance of grapes to freeze, I hope you will find a couple of these recipes will help you to justify the time and freezer space.
Frozen Grape "Candy"
This is the easiest recipe you will come across. Simply remove the grapes from the stems and freeze. Eat as desired. These might not be a favorite in a harshly cold winter, but if they overwinter until warmer weather, they are a big favorite for easy desserts.
Grape Frozen Yogurt
Only make this if you have a very tasty grape such as the concord (seedless or seeded) or our green grapes (I'm sorry that I do not know their name—they are small, light green, seedless and absolutely the best grape we have ever eaten: sweet and tangy, like Champagne).
1 pound grapes
1 pound yogurt (I use vegan coconut yogurt)
2 tablespoons raw honey (other honey can be subbed but raw is thicker and sweeter)
- Use frozen grapes that have been separated from the stem.
- Process grapes and honey in a food processor until smooth, stopping to clean the sides of the processor, and then work through a mesh juice bag or a sieve to get the most possible juice. Put grape peels, etc. into compost.
- Add all the ingredients to the food processor, or blender, and process until smooth.
- Chill in the freezer for a time.
- Pour chilled mixture into your ice cream maker and process as the directions suggest.
- Spread smoothly in a pan and freeze for several hours until scoopable.
- Taste of summer at Christmas!
Frozen Grape Slushie
Here is another one that will take you only minutes to whirl up with your frozen grapes!
1 cup frozen grapes
3/4 cup filtered water or chilled coconut water
- Add water and grapes to a high-speed blender.
- Whirl up and pour into a glass.
This works especially well when you have had a long, stale day of meetings and need something revitalizing when you get home. It contains all the same phytonutrients as the 'other grape drink.'
Making Jam From Frozen Grapes
Frozen grapes and other fruits can be mixed in regular recipes and made from frozen grapes at any time you feel the desire for a nice jam. The difference between jams and jellies is basically that the jams are made from whole fruits (you generally don't sieve off the fibre, although in the case of blackberries and raspberries, you may choose to do that). Frozen grapes are just as easy to work with as fresh grapes for jams and compote.
Mediterranean Grape Cake
Here is a tasty-looking cake that would work well with frozen grapes—just thaw them a bit to cut the cooking time. It is not vegan, although most of my recipes are. I know that those of you who are strictly vegan will likely find a way to make this more vegan than it is. Use a flax egg, for example. Use coconut or almond milk instead of the dairy milk. That might be all that is required for substitution. It looks like it would be very yummy with some of the new vegan Greek-style yogurt that I tried the other day . . . or regular Greek-style yogurt if you are not vegan, of course.