Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

Grape Jelly

grape jelly

This year, our third season grapevine finally yielded fruit. 7 lbs! I picked them all at one go, and decided to have my hand at canning.

I followed the first grape jelly recipe that I found on the internet, which basically said to peel the grapes, cook the grapes for a few minutes, set aside a small amount of the fruit, add 4 cups of sugar, boil the rest for 15 minutes, then reintroduce the set-aside portion and hot-process into sterile jars.


I peeled about 2 grapes before I realized that unless I was in front of a pharaoh who was threatening to make me a eunuch if I didn’t peel 7lbs of grapes for him, there was no way. So, I just crushed them and left the skins on.

grape jelly

I pretty much followed the rest of the recipe as written. The 7 lbs of what I believe to be Concord grapes filled 12 half pint jars. When the concoction had cooled, I opened a jar and found that rather than jelly, what had was essentially grape syrup. I decided to open them up and reprocess them, this time adding a packet of fruit pectin.

grape jelly

Once again, after cooling, I found that the “jelly” still had not jelled. I conceded that if was not destined to be real jelly after all and just accepted it as runny grape jam, or grape ice cream topping. But after a week or so, I couldn’t stand the defeat any longer and opened all of the jars (except the 2 that I had already given away), poured them back into the pot, added another packet of pectin and boiled the goo for another 20 minutes. After processing and cooling, I found that it still was runny. Now I could give up knowing that I had given it an honest try, having processed the jars 3 times in pursuit of jell.

Well, today – about 1 month after the last canning – i noticed that the stuff had finally jelled. It seems that the jellyfication of jelly can take up to 3 weeks!

Man, typing this post has made me hungry, I’m going to make myself a PB&J on white.

5 Responses to “Grape Jelly”

  1. Scott Says:

    You can test the set of jam by running some onto a cold plate to quickly chill it. I’ve never found it to take three weeks to set- that’s weird. Also, get a food mill. It is the business for doing grapes, as well as other stuff like tomatoes. I did some lovely grape jam this year, and it doesn’t need pectin, there’s enough in the fruit naturally. You just need to cook it down more.

  2. Phil Hollenback Says:

    Wow, I hope you don’t try to cook a turkey that way. Could end up as a trip to the emergency room! :)

  3. Archibald Drinkwater Says:

    i’ve eaten FINK’S organic grape jelly and i found it to be quite palatable and toothsome…… i recommend it to my fellow earthlings.

  4. Mcewan Says:

    I second Archibald Drinkwater’s take on the jelly. Yumm! Also, congrats on the Geek of the Week honors Monday November 17. Well-deserved after a lifetime of soulful tinkering.


  5. archibald drinkwater Says:

    So, when’s the new label contest, holmes ??