How To: Make Simple Homemade Grape Juice

Make Simple Homemade Grape Juice

Things You'll Need

  • 5-20 lbs. grapes
  • A large pot
  • A strainer to rinse the grapes
  • Something to mash the grapes with
  • Jars and canning supplies
  • A stove 
  • A cloth bag for straining the juice
  • A few thirsty people to enjoy the juice with :)

Step 1 Collect Grapes

  • 5-20 lbs of grapes is a good amount to start with
  • I like to use a variety of grapes for a well rounded flavor

Step 2 Clean Grapes

  • Remove grapes from the stems (you can omit this step if you wish - the stems will be removed when you strain the juice)
  • Remove any "ugly" fruit (diseased, rotten, moldy fruit will give "off" flavors to your juice)
  • Rinse the grapes

Step 3 Heat and Mash the Grapes

  • Place the grapes in a large sauce pan on the stove at med-high heat
  • With a flat masher, mash and stir the grapes
  • The juice will begin to come out of the grapes
  • Keep this up for approx. 30 minutes

Step 4 Strain the Juice

  • Pour the juice through a cloth (stainer bag) and into a container

Step 5 Refrigerate and Let Sit Overnight

  • Cover the juice
  • Place in refrigerator overnight

Step 6 Strain Again

  • This second straining really helps clarify the juice and is worth the extra effort

Step 7 Bring to a Boil and Cook for 10 Minutes

  • This concentrates the juice just a little bit

Step 8 Sweeten to Taste

  • Honey, sugar, maple syrup, or Stevia. Add your choice of sweetener a little at a time until it suits you. 

Step 9 Heat Up to 140 F

Step 10 Pour into Sterile Jars and Process for 10 Minutes

  • Pour the hot juice into clean jars (preheat the jars in warm water so they won't break when you pour the hot juice in)
  • Cover jars with lids
  • Place jars in boiling water, cover and boil for 10 minutes

Step 11 Enjoy!

Drink as is or dilute with an equal amount of water when ready to use

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