Do you love grape juice? I do, too. It brings vivid memories from childhood of drinking that deep purple goodness while eating peanut butter on saltines with my girl friend next door. Her basement was outfitted with a full childhood paradise. In her complete child sized kitchen, we “baked” our peanut butter and crackers. We poured our purple “tea” at her very own child sized kitchen table. Hours of girly fun, y’all!
Last year, my current neighbor shared the most delicious deep purple goodness since those basement tea parties. Concord grapes made into real Concord Grape Juice. Unlike anything you can buy in a store, y’all!
The hardest part is getting the Concord Grapes. My neighbor who shared her grape juice last year graciously agreed to add me to her delivery list. My half bushel of grapes came from somewhere in East Tennessee. I hope you can locate a source for some of your own. Or, perhaps you have another favorite type of grape that could be made into juice using this easy recipe. If so, please share it with me in the comments section.
This past September at 9:30 one night I got the call. “Come and get the grapes. They’re here, and I have no extra room in my refrigerator for yours.” Life stopped for two days as I made 10 quarts of juice the first day, then 9 pints of grape jelly the second. That’s an excellent return on a half bushel at $12.00!
Next year, I think I’ll make it all into grape juice. I just love it so much more than anything! Here’s how you do it, y’all. So easy!
Drop 2 cups of washed grapes into each sterilized quart jar. Add 1/4 cup sugar and fill jar to 1/2″ from top with boiling water. Wipe rim, add lids and rings, lower into water bath, and boil for 10 minutes to process. When the lids pop, you know your seals are secure. (Visit Muscadine Grape Juice to see the pictured tutorial.)
Any that have a “lump” on the lid that can be pressed down did not process – those you get to put into the fridge to enjoy when chilled.
Whenever you want fresh grape juice, simply open a jar and strain the liquid off the grapes (they have seeds). Mash those grapes to squeeze all the good stuff out of there. Thank the Lord for providing awesome blessings, Concord Grapes included.
Pour the grape juice into your pitcher, chill, and enjoy!
(These jars of juice make great gifts, so make plenty to share, y’all!)