ZT FFA ‘Can for a Cause’ Members to Address Local Food Insecurity Problems – Ohio Ag Net
What do you get when you combine 4 bushels of grapes, 75 pounds of sugar, 120 mason jars, and a whole chapter of FFA members? Almost 50 gallons of homemade grape juice ready to donate to local pantries!
October 5e and 6e members of the Zane Trace FFA worked throughout the day to process 159 quarts and 12 half-gallon jars of grape juice. The students started by picking, sorting and washing the grapes to ensure that the best quality grapes were used for juice. They then combined the raisins, sugar, and boiling water in sanitized mason jars and added the lids and rings. The jars were then treated for 20 to 30 minutes in a double boiler to sterilize and seal the lids. After that, the jars were allowed to cool and rest so that the flavors could blend.
After four days, the members performed a quality check on the jars and found that all were properly sealed. They also labeled each jar and cleaned them so that they were attractive to the families who received them. The jars were sorted into boxes and stored until they could be donated to Church Triumphant and Kingston Food Pantries in November.
Members also had the opportunity to test their juice to ensure its quality. Everyone who has tried the juice loved the flavor and had fun enjoying the product of their hard work. The students also appreciated the work it takes to transform a raw product into a processed food ready for consumption. Plus, they learned how to use the double boiler method to preserve highly acidic foods and discovered how easy it can be to make their own homemade preserves, provided they can find jars, lids and rings. in shops !