When I read how to press grapes (not in the wine press) I just had to try it.
This blog gives you some pointers on doing it. First of all, choose plump healthy grapes – grocery store variety is fine. I used red seedless ones. I am going to try it with concord and also with green grapes.
Then cut the grapes into thirds. Eat the center third. Scrape the flesh away from the other sections and stuff them with little bits of paper towels (Viva is best as it does not have a pattern).
After the paper towel bits are placed in the skins, you want to begin to press. I used a press called Celestine’s Press. It is a wood board, with sandwiches of soft material and cardboard and it has many layers one can use. In this case since I was experimenting, I just had one layer. So on the top then goes the other board and there are wing nuts on the metal posts to tighten. After this the whole contraption goes into the car.
It remains there for several days and then I carefully checked my results.
I again pressed them more, this time without the paper towels. The paper towels helped them to flatten out and not have too many wrinkles and also adsorb the moisture better.
Now I have some flat skins that I can make a bunch of grapes with. This is a very small bunch as I wanted to try this method before I went hog-wild about it.
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