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I bought a 20# case of Concord Grapes today from the Farmer's Market. I'm wanting to make my mom's grape juice:

1 cup of grapes
1cup to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of the grapes)
placed in a 1/2 gallon canning jar
filled with spring water
topped with a hot canning lid and ring
boiled for 20 minutes
Let sit for 2 months before drinking
Strain Grapes out of Juice before serving.

This recipe seems too simple to be true. I remember my mom's Grape Juice as being out of this world but, out of curiousity, does anyone have any other recipes?

Thanks!!

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  1. This is an old thread but I'm faced with a vine full of Concord grapes and I'm trying to make grape juice. Did your mother's recipe work? I followed a recipe that called for mashing and simmering the grapes then straining them through cheese cloth. You have to leave the juice to strain over night but I don't have a strainer big enough so I'm stalled at that point.

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    1. re: crawfish

      Can you just rubberband cheesecloth over the top of a big stockpot?

      1. re: JGrey

        It's the volume going in that's the problem, not coming out. I need a straining device that can handle about a litre of liquid. It drains VERY slowly. There is a jelly strainer for just this purpose but I hate buying single purpose gadgets. But I guess I'll be in this situation every grape season!

    2. That is exactly how my Grandmaw and Ma did it. There was always the ocassional quart that the grownups smiled about and I thought was kinda tangy. Wish Grams was here to share it w/ today. She lived to 107 so I guess she deserves to stay where she is:)

      1. I am so glad to find this post! I remember this when I was a kid. My great-aunt used to make this every year. We have been looking for thia for about three years.

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        1. re: sno_frog

          This is interesting... I always assumed grape juice was something like grapes put through a juicer.
          Is it common to add water and sugar? And to boil?

          I have played with adding a few grapes to fruit going through a juicer, but never tried grapes alone. (and unfortuntely, these days fruit is so expensive that I only use the juicer for things like apple cores and peel to extract juice for apple cobbler...and other more economical uses like getting fresh tomato juice when I have bought too many on sale tomatoes to use at once)