Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Canned Grape Juice



With those hot temperatures lately here in the Midwest and 3 inches of rain on Friday and Saturday it seems that everything is ripening. Gotta make hay when the sun is shining so it is hard to get a day off. This time of year becomes difficult to keep up with laundry and house chores, can and weed the gardens all in one day or even week. This weekend was no exception. The grapes were ripe and the birds had found them so they had to be picked and dealt with immediately. I found a new recipe for grape juice over at Lehman's Blog that was really easy. It only required washing the grapes...



Then adding the grapes to jars with sugar.




Then covering with boiling water, sealing and pressure cooking for 10 minutes at 5 pounds pressure. 




I made 13 jars and we are going to let it set for a couple days and try it. If it tastes good when the other varieties of grapes ripen we will put them up this was as well.  If you are interested in this recipe it can be found HERE. They also have a recipe for honeysuckle jelly that I would love to try : ) 



Blessings from The Holler

The Canned Quilter

8 comments:

  1. It seems I'm constantly thanking you for these delicious recipes ..this one takes the cake I mean grapes :o)

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  2. my grandmother also did it this way but had to set for 6 weeks. and it is very good.

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  3. How did it turn out? Did you do the rest of your grapes the same way?

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    1. They turned out wonderful and I will do them this way from now on. My family loved it. As a matter of fact I am going to pick grapes today and hopefully make some more : )

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  4. My mother started doing her grape juice this way about 50 years ago. I was too young to remember who showed her; but it has remained our fool proof, perfect every time process. It was so fun to see it on the big screen (my monitor). It is also part of my emergency preparedness program because it's ready to drink. I process in 1/2 gallon jars first then finish with quarts. The flavor cannot be matched. I wait to harvest my grapes until after the first frost, this allows me to reduce the sugar amount. This year I added 1/4 cup sugar to the 1/2 gallons.

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    1. I forgot to mention I have Concords, and I do not pressure can, I use my large steam canner, as did my Mom. It sure saves time and we have never, in 50 years had a bottle ferment (although my hubby says that might not be a negative) if it ever happens. :)

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  5. Do you just use the juice, or do you eat the grapes too?

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  6. When I canned with my mother, we just put the grapes in the jars and filled with water - no sugar. Canned them. When we wanted juice we put a sieve over a pitcher and poured the jarred contents through and let them sit for a few minutes (I even smashed the grapes a bit to get some of the pulp into my juice). My brother always wanted sweeter. With that in mind, we added sweetening to our own taste when we drank the juice.

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