Homemade grape juice is a delicious treat! It is also a healthy juice. It is thicker and smoother than most store-bought kinds, and is also free from preservatives. Plus, it’s actually very easy to make this fresh juice:
- Gather your equipment. To make grape juice, you’ll need a colander for rinsing the grapes, two large pots, a potato masher, and a large sieve with fine mesh or a piece of cheesecloth.
- Pick or purchase grapes. Fresh Concord grapes are widely believed to make the best grape juice. However, you can also purchase grapes. A pound of grapes should yield a little less than a cup of juice. You won't need any additives for this recipe.
- Prepare the grapes. Wash your grapes thoroughly in the colander. You may also want to soak the grapes in water for a few minutes, to ensure that they are clean. Then remove each grape from the stem, and discard any that are unripe or overripe.
- Mash the grapes. Using a potato masher, mash at the grapes and watch the juice begin to flow. If you have a lot of grapes, you may need to do this in batches; it works best with about 4 pounds of grapes at a time. Make sure you and your kitchen are protected from the stains of any grape juice that may splatter.
- Cook grapes into juice. Pour the mashed grapes into a large pot. Heat the mixture on medium heat, simmering it for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally so that the grapes don’t stick to the bottom. Mash some more, breaking up the remaining grapes. The heat will help the grapes release all of their juice. You may want to add a little water, as grape juice is quite thick. However, water is not absolutely necessary, because you can dilute the juice before you drink it.
- Strain the juice. Once you have cooked and mashed the grapes down into juice, ladle the mixture through a sieve or cheesecloth into another large pot. Repeat this process once, to remove any remaining sediment. The leftover grape pulp can be composted.
- Enjoy! Grape juice is very thick, and should be diluted with water when serving. You can also use sparkling water for a special treat. To store your grape juice, pour or ladle it into containers. It should be refrigerated if you plan to use it soon. You can also freeze it, although thawed grape juice does not taste as good as fresh juice.
Your family will all love this healthy juice recipe. While you can buy grape juice at the store or make it from frozen concentrate, nothing beats homemade!