A friend shared some Muscadine grapes from her parents’ garden. Their vines are of two types – the traditional deep purple and what she called Scuppernongs, which are a golden color. Some refer to them as bronze.
After picking a small bucket of each type, I decided to process them the same way I’d done the Concord Grape Juice last September. Muscadines have a thicker skin and, these at least, are more tart than Concords. I used a little more sugar for the Muscadines, and I mashed the grapes to break open the tough skins.
Two years ago, a neighbor gave us a jar of Concord grape juice. Freshly harvested grapes, home canned and shared – you can’t beat a giving neighbor! After one sip, I called my neighbor to ask how I could get some grapes the following year.
My neighbor ordered some Concord grapes for me last year, along with her order. She has a friend of a friend who would bring the grape orders every September.
A couple of weeks ago, I realized the grapes were late getting here, so I called my neighbor. She had sad news. The friend of a friend would not be bringing them this year.
What? I’ve waited six months for a jar of home-made Concord grape juice! Craving it. Looking forward to it. Waiting for the crop to arrive.
I posted a blog post about the Real Concord Grape Juice earlier this year in hopes of showing you the process for making this delicious juice when the new grape order arrived. I was hopeful you could get your hands on some Concord grapes, as well.
When the grapes were not to be delivered this year, I was
whining explaining my disappointment to a friend. She asked if I could make some juice with muscadine grapes. I was willing to try, so that’s where the discussion began of collecting grapes from her parents’ garden.
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Muscadines are a native Southern grape. Many people grow them in the south. Rich in resveratrol, these grapes offer tremendous health benefits for lowering cholesterol and coronary heart disease. Are muscadines grown in your area of the country (world)?
My muscadine friend and her husband returned last night from a long trip – over two weeks – on a cruise! I made a secret delivery to their house while they were away. I wonder if they’ll notice 12 quart jars of muscadine grape juice sitting in the corner of her stained-glass workshop, stashed in surprise, unassuming and waiting for their trial.
Oops! I forgot. She reads my blog. Oh, well, no more secret! 😉
When you’re ready to drink the juice, strain off the grapes, chill, and enjoy!
ADDED INFORMATION: It’s Tuesday, October 15th, and I wanted you to know I tasted the juice today. Yum!! It’s a winner. 🙂
The juice from the purple Muscadines is my favorite. The scuppernong tastes good, so I’ll drink both – especially now that I know how healthy this juice is.
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- Muscadine grapes, all you can pick
- White sugar
- Boiling water
- Quart-sized canning jars
- Measure 2 cups washed and crushed grapes into each sterilized quart jar.
- Add ⅓ cup sugar to each jar (1/2 cup for Concord grapes).
- Pour boiling water into each jar to ½ inch to fill line.
- Wipe rims clean, add seals and bands, and process in water bath for 10 minutes.
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