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Homemade Grape Juice

September 17, 2016 (Last Updated: August 3, 2019)

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Making the most of the fall harvest…Homemade Grape Juice from fresh picked Concord Grapes.

Freshly picked concord grapes being held in front of a basket of grapes.

My Grandfather’s childhood home is just down the hill from where I currently live. It’s a great old home with a huge barn, lots of pasture and an amazing garden. My Great Aunt and Uncle raised their family in the house and it is still in their family. It has always been a favorite place to visitView of a lake over the top of grape vines.

Last weekend I went down to harvest grapes. These grape vines have been around for years and produce huge Concord Grapes. Once the grapes are ripe, it’s always a race to pick them before the raccoons get them! Those darned raccoons are  grape eating predators.  During the night, they can eat every last grape and then we are left with none!

 Luckily this year, the raccoons have found better eating and hadn’t yet touched the grapes.  My sister, on the other hand, found the grapes first! She picked all the humongous grapes that were on the top of the vine. No bending…no crawling. Just nice easy picking.

Concord grapes growing on the underside of the grape leaves.

I had to crawl on my hands and knees under the vines to find the grapes. Still fairly easy picking and a little mud on my knees doesn’t cause me any worry!  

Concord Grapes piled in a basket.

These grapes were quickly turned into grape juice which I then canned and will store in my pantry until needed.

I used a steam juicer to make juicing fairly easy. One warning about these grapes and the juice, the color is intense and will leave a beautiful stain on many surfaces.

I mix equal parts of water with this juice when I’m ready to drink it. Sometimes the juice needs a bit of sugar. Just stir in a bit if needed. I like it a bit on the tart side and sometimes the grapes provide just the right amount of sweetness and no sugar is needed.

Homemade Grape Juice in a glass with canned juice in the background.

If you are looking for other recipes to preserve food check out Blackberry Jam, Apple Pie Filling and How to Freeze Raspberries

Equipment used for making Homemade Grape Juice

Fresh grapes in front of glass jars filled with juice.

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A glass filled with purple grape juice.

If you make this recipe, Iā€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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Homemade Grape Juice
Homemade Grape Juice
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Water Bath Processing
1 hr
Total Time
3 hrs 10 mins
 

Use a steam juicer to make your own grape juice. 

Course: Beverage, canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grape juice, homemade grape juice, How to make grape juice
Servings: 8 quarts
Calories: 98 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 20 pounds concord grapes
Instructions
  1. Place washed grapes in the top of a steam juicer. You do not need to remove stems.
  2. Place water in bottom of steam juicer.
  3. Steam grapes for 1.5 - 2 hours until juice stops flowing.
  4. Place juice in canning jars and process with a hot water bath or freeze juice.
  5. Mix with equal parts water and juice before drinking.Add sugar to taste if too tart.
Recipe Notes

Use the amount of grapes you have on hand.

Process filled canning jars in hot water bath for amount of time according to your elevation.Ā 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Grape Juice
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 98 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 271mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Vitamin C 4.5mg5%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

 

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30 Comments

  • Reply
    CakePants
    September 22, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    I’ve never had fresh grape juice, but I bet it’s phenomenal!! Your photos from the site are stunning – it looks like the kind of shot you’d find on a postcard!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 23, 2016 at 4:31 am

      Anything fresh and homemade is best! Thanks šŸ™‚

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    Adina
    September 21, 2016 at 3:39 am

    I’ve never thought about making grape juice myself, it sounds like a great idea. I keep getting offerd grapes from people’s gardens nowadays and keep turning them down because I don’t like their thick skin and many pits. But I am sure they would make a very good juice.

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    Pamela @ BFG
    September 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    When I saw your grapes on Instagram the image stuck with me, so much that I was telling my husband about your beautiful grapes a night later! I love this grape juice you made, I can taste it from here (I wish!). We just planted grapes for the first time this year…. hoping one day they will be 1% as pretty as yours!

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    Amanda
    September 20, 2016 at 7:52 am

    The scenery around your grandparents’ old place is absolutely beautiful. Wow!
    I’ve never had homemade grape juice. What a fascinating process. I bet the flavor is ten times better than store bought.

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    Balvinder
    September 20, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Those grapes from your grandma’s are beautiful!…And the juice you made from is much more delicious than the store-bough versions.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    September 20, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Your farm is beautiful, Kathy. I love grapes and store bought grape juice but never made my own. Making your own juice was such an awesome things.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 20, 2016 at 4:43 am

      I love making food that is grown here. It is so great to be able to use it all year long.

  • Reply
    Manali@CookWithManali
    September 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    how wonderful to make fresh grape juice! you are lucky!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 20, 2016 at 4:42 am

      Thanks, Manali! I am lucky to have access to such fresh and lovely grapes.

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    September 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I am so insanely jealous of your grape harvest and I think I can taste your juice through the screen. Nothing, nothing compares to fresh grape juice. Best stuff on earth!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 20, 2016 at 4:41 am

      It is quite delicious!

  • Reply
    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    September 19, 2016 at 8:27 am

    What a great post, Kathy. Love that you make your own grape juice from a grape field that’s been in your family for so long. Love the shot of the lake below the grape/vineyard. What lake is that? It looks so peaceful there – even if you have to crawl on your hands and knees to get those grapes!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 20, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Hi Geraldine,
      It was very peaceful in those grape vines. The lake is Lake Pend Oreille in northern Idaho.

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    September 19, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Kathy – that is so awesome about the grapes at your aunt and uncle’s place. The view is absolutely incredible. Must be so rewarding to pick and then make into juice this way. I do not own a steam juicer and had never even heard of one. But if I had these kind of grapes at my disposal you can believe I would get one in a hurry. I would love to taste that juice! Have a super week!

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    September 19, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Glad you were able to get to the grapes before those raccoons did! It must have been such a pleasure to pick these and then make your own juice. I bet it tasted extra special! Love it šŸ™‚

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker
    September 19, 2016 at 4:35 am

    It looks like such a heavenly place!! I’ve been looking for grape recipes – & this one looks like perfection šŸ™‚ Have to try soon!

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    September 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Oh my gosh, you live in the MOST gorgeous place! How could that grape juice not taste like heaven? šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    September 18, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Sounds like so much fun Kathy! I’d love to try making my own grape juice some day!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 19, 2016 at 5:40 am

      You can do it! šŸ™‚

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    September 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Grape juice has always been my favorite kind of juice. Always! But I’ve never made my own. What a fun project. Also, I’m jealous at those vines! What a gorgeous farm. And I had no idea that raccoons eat grapes. Now I want a nice, tall glass of cold grape juice. Looks delicious, Kathy!

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      Kathy
      September 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

      The vines are amazing. I wish I knew how old they are.

  • Reply
    Lori from LL Farm
    September 17, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Oh my!!! I could take a big gulp right now…looks delicious.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 7:27 am

      It is very tasty!

  • Reply
    Jess @ Sweetest Menu
    September 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Wow! This is AMAZING! Who knew you could make your own grape juice? Magical! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Sometimes we just take foods for granted and never really stop and think about where they come from or how they are made….I think grape juice is one of those foods.

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    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    September 17, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Kathy, I always enjoy reading your posts and hearing about your life on your farm with your gardens and animals. How wonderful to be able to visit what was once your grandparents place. I love concord grapes – pinching the fruit out of the skin is so much fun. My kids would love this juice. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and recipe.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 7:18 am

      The juice is always a hit with kids! There’s just something about that color that they are drawn to…

  • Reply
    Velva
    September 17, 2016 at 8:24 am


    This is incredible! Wow!!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      September 18, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Thanks!

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