Making the most of the fall harvest...Homemade Grape Juice from fresh picked Concord 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 visit
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.
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!
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.
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
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Homemade Grape Juice
- 20 pounds concord grapes
- Place washed grapes in the top of a steam juicer. You do not need to remove stems.
- Place water in bottom of steam juicer.
- Steam grapes for 1.5 - 2 hours until juice stops flowing.
- Place juice in canning jars and process with a hot water bath or freeze juice.
- Mix with equal parts water and juice before drinking.Add sugar to taste if too tart.
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allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
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!
Dawn @ Girl Heart Food says
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 🙂
Megan - The Emotional Baker says
It looks like such a heavenly place!! I've been looking for grape recipes - & this one looks like perfection 🙂 Have to try soon!
Kate @ Framed Cooks says
Oh my gosh, you live in the MOST gorgeous place! How could that grape juice not taste like heaven? 🙂
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen says
Sounds like so much fun Kathy! I'd love to try making my own grape juice some day!
You can do it! 🙂
David @ Spiced says
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!
The vines are amazing. I wish I knew how old they are.
Lori from LL Farm says
Oh my!!! I could take a big gulp right now...looks delicious.
It is very tasty!
Jess @ Sweetest Menu says
Wow! This is AMAZING! Who knew you could make your own grape juice? Magical! 🙂
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.
Kim | Low Carb Maven says
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.
The juice is always a hit with kids! There's just something about that color that they are drawn to...
This is incredible! Wow!!!