How to Make Grape Juice

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@Celestina9000

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.


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Serves:

approximately 3 1/2-4 cups

Prep:

10 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Method:

Stir-Fry

Ingredients

4 lb
concord grapes (approximately)
ice cubes
ice cold filtered water
fresh mint, lemon verbena, etc. (for garnish)
rose water or orange blossom water (optional)

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Remove the grapes from their stems. Any wrinkled or rotting grapes should be discarded.
2
Use a fine mesh sieve and wash the grapes well under cool water. You may have to do this in batches.
3
Mash 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!
4
Place the rinsed grapes in a large stock pot and turn the heat on to medium.
5
Cook 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.
7
Pour the juice through a funnel into a storage container. Let cool then cover and chill.
8
To 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!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Drinks
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Dietary Needs: Vegan