Last week in our CSA box delivery we received about four pounds of locally grown, organic concord grapes. I found this super fast and easy recipe for making a small batch of grape juice. The grapes were so naturally sweet that I had to add filtered water and no additional sugar was required. *No* canning involved either! From Wikihow.
1Remove the grapes from their stems. Any wrinkled or rotting grapes should be discarded.
2Use a fine mesh sieve and wash the grapes well under cool water. You may have to do this in batches.
3Mash the grapes using a potato masher. I used a food processor on PULSE and pulsed the grapes approximately 10 times. Be sure not to completely puree them though!
4Place the rinsed grapes in a large stock pot and turn the heat on to medium.
5Cook for about 10 minutes or until the grapes have broken down and are very juicy. Use the potato masher to help the grapes soften and release their juices.
6*Place the fine mesh sieve over a large prep bowl and let the grapes drain. I used a potato masher to help the juice drain through the sieve although the back of a wooden spoon will work, too.
*However, if you prefer, you can use a double layer of cheesecloth to drain the grapes.
7Pour the juice through a funnel into a storage container. Let cool then cover and chill.
8To serve: Place ice cubes in drinking glasses. Pour ice cold filtered water into the glasses about 1/3-1/2 full depending on how sweet the juice is (add enough water to your desired sweetness preference). Garnish with fresh mint, if you wish. A little bit of rose water or orange blossom water stirred into the juice is very delicious!