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.
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!
Concord Grape Juice
makes 4 servings
- 1 pound concord grapes, rinsed and stems removed
- 1 cup water
- more water, as needed, for serving
- Place grapes and water in a large casserole pan or deep skillet; use a potato masher to squash the grapes.
- Simmer over medium heat, mashing occasionally until the grapes break down as shown above.
- Remove from heat and strain grape seeds and skins from the liquid; cool completely.
- Taste juice and add cold water to dilute, if needed (I diluted my juice with equal parts water). Refrigerate for up to a week.