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Compote made from grapes and apples is a drink that can be prepared for the winter. The fruits go well together, complementing each other. Sealing compote does not take much time. The process is simple, and even a person who has never dealt with twisting before can handle it.
Recommendations before you start making apple-grape compote
Experienced housewives know that an important stage in preparing a spin for the winter is the cleanliness and sterility of the cans. Many detergents allow you to clean glass containers without any additional hassle. The best options are cold water and soda. The tool will perfectly remove all dirt and will not leave streaks on the bank.
After washing, the jars are sterilized over hot steam. This can also be done in any convenient way:
- using a kettle;
- a special device - a cover.
You can purchase a lid with a hole in the middle from a hardware store. It is put on a saucepan, and a jar is placed on top. Hot steam enters the can through the hole, and thus the sterilization procedure takes place. 3-5 minutes are enough and the jar will be clean.
How to choose apples for compote
Any kind of apples are suitable for making a drink. They can be white, yellow, or red. If they are sour varieties, more sugar is added when boiling the syrup to even out the taste. Since apples do not stain the sugar syrup, the compote may turn out to be light. You can add blue grapes to it, and the drink will become rich. If the grapes are green or pink, then the compote will have a delicate shade.
Not everyone loves a dark color, and a lightly colored drink looks great in a can.
In addition to the variety and color, attention is also paid to the size of the fruit. If it is large, it needs to be cut into 4 pieces and the core removed. If the apples are medium, they are thrown into the jar whole. At the same time, they look to make sure that they crawl through the neck without problems.
For the preparation of compote, grapes of any kind are taken. It can be white, green, yellow, or blue. The shade of the bunches will affect the richness of the drink. A whole bunch is placed in a jar or berries are picked off.
The grapes must be washed thoroughly. As a rule, the bunches are covered with dust and small midges. Running water will not completely cleanse the fruit. To do this, the twigs are placed in a bowl and poured over with plenty of water. After 30-40 minutes, the contamination will disappear by itself.
There are many ways to prepare a flavored drink for the winter. The chosen method affects the taste of the compote. Some take longer to cook. Everyone chooses what they like best.
A simple recipe for the winter
For compote you will need:
- Wash the apples and cut into 4 pieces. Core with seeds.
- Wash and remove the grapes from the brush.
- Pour a glass of grape berries and 4 apple slices into prepared jars.
- In a saucepan, mix sugar and water, with the calculation of 1 tbsp. sugar in 3 liters of water.
- Stir the water to dissolve the sugar.
- Bring to a boil and leave over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Pour boiling syrup into a jar in small portions, after lowering a wooden spatula there. This will prevent the container from bursting.
After the can is full, you can cover it with a lid and roll it up with a key. Containers with compote are covered with a blanket and left to cool completely. At first, the color will be light, but gradually it will darken. The drink can be enjoyed not only in winter. It will become potable 3 weeks after seaming.
This method is slightly different from the previous one:
- Prepared apples will have to be finely chopped - a prerequisite for the recipe.
- Divide the bunch of grapes into several small ones, and pour all the fruits into a clean, but not sterilized jar. The jar should be 1/3 full of apple and grape content.
- Place the rolling lids in boiling water and leave for 5 minutes.
- Prepare boiling water and pour it into jars, cover with lids on top. Leave on for 10-15 minutes.
- Then drain the water from the jars into a saucepan and put it on fire to boil again. Add sugar to it and boil the syrup.
- Pour liquid into a jar and seal.
When all the cans are rolled up, turn them upside down and wrap them in a blanket. This action is necessary for further pasteurization. When the drink has completely cooled, take it out to a cool storage area. As a rule, on the 2-3rd day, you can already turn the cans over and take them away.
With the addition of lemon
Citrus fruits added to the drink saturate it with fresh notes. The compote turns out to be sweet with sourness. It is especially good to use lemon if the drink contains grapes and apples that contain too much sugar. One jar will need only 2 slices or 3 semicircles. It is necessary to boil the syrup, and then pour the contents of the jars with it. Before adding lemon to the rest of the fruit, wash it in hot water. This promotes the release of essential oils to the surface of the peel. In no case should you remove it. Some housewives add citric acid instead of lemon.
With the addition of honey and spices
Various spices can be added to the fruit compote. The most popular are honey, cinnamon and cloves. They will give the drink an incredible aroma. If the compote is rolled up with sterilization of cans, spices are poured directly into the jar to the fruit. The method without sterilization requires boiling them in sugar syrup.
Cloves are added to both fruits and vegetables. The spice allows the drink to preserve better.
Jars with compote are taken out to the cellar or basement. The room must be dry and cool. Glass containers are placed on the shelves not very close to each other, so as not to break after contact. Compote can be stored for no more than 2 years. It is best to drink it in winter and spring, and make preparations for the new season in summer.