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Concord Grape Juice

Patricia Reitz

DIY Concord Grape Juice - ButterYum

DIY Concord Grape Juice - ButterYum

I received a few pounds of concord grapes from the farmers market this year and decided to use them to make grape juice.  Wow did it taste good, and it was so easy to make too - let me show you how it's done. 

Start with delicious concord grapes.  These were super sweet and juicy.

Remove all the stems and give them a good rinse.

Place the grapes in a large casserole pan or deep skillet and use a potato masher to squash them really well.  Did you know the inside of those dark purple grapes were light green?  

Add a cup of water to the pan...

And keep mashing.  Mash, mash, mash.

Simmer gently, mashing every now and then until the grapes completely break down.

When the mixture looks like this, you're almost done.  Just a few minutes longer.

And here it is - all the grape insides have broken down and we're left with a whole bunch of empty grape skins.

Strain the liquids from the solids using a sieve

Wow, just look at that color!

Don't be afraid to press the solids to get all that juice.   Cool completely and taste carefully - the juice is very concentrated at this point so dilute with cold water as needed.  For my batch, I added 1 part water to 1 part concentrated juice.  That's all there is to it folks!

DIY Concord Grape Juice with how-to photos

Concord Grape Juice

makes 4 servings

Printable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound concord grapes, rinsed and stems removed
  • 1 cup water
  • more water, as needed, for serving

Directions

  1. Place grapes and water in a large casserole pan or deep skillet; use a potato masher to squash the grapes.
  2. Simmer over medium heat, mashing occasionally until the grapes break down as shown above.
  3. Remove from heat and strain grape seeds and skins from the liquid; cool completely.
  4. Taste juice and add cold water to dilute, if needed (I diluted my juice with equal parts water).  Refrigerate for up to a week.
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