We have some decorative grape vines covering our backyard pergola, and each year I’ve felt bad about not, somehow, using the grapes, other than eating out of hand. I’ve never tasted a homemade wine that I’ve liked, not even in Italy, and besides, we don’t have a large enough crop for wine. Just this morning, while relaxing under the shade of the vines, I decided to try making grape juice. I don’t have any special equipment, so simply winged it. It was very simple. And very delicious and healthful.
1.5 lbs Concord grapes
sugar or artificial sweetener to taste
Remove grapes from stems. Wash in cold water. Place grapes in a large cooking pot. Crush with a potato masher. Cover grapes with water and bring to a boil, immediately turning down temperature to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Pour grape liquid into a colander lined with cheesecloth, set over a 2 quart bowl. Allow juice to drain, leaving seeds and peels in the colander.
Sweeten (or not) to taste. Makes about 2 pints. Store in refrigerator and use within 4-5 days, as there are no preservatives in your yummy homemade juice.