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Homemade Grape Juice

rachaels Jul 25, 2007 12:31 PM

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?


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    crawfish RE: rachaels Sep 30, 2007 12:09 PM

    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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      JGrey RE: crawfish Sep 30, 2007 12:42 PM

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

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        crawfish RE: JGrey Oct 2, 2007 04:14 AM

        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. DetectDave RE: rachaels Sep 30, 2007 12:15 PM

      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:)

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        sno_frog RE: rachaels Sep 19, 2008 08:53 PM

        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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          Mellicita RE: sno_frog Sep 19, 2008 09:02 PM

          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)

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