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Homemade Grape Juice

 
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greekspeedoman



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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 1:55 pm    Post subject: Homemade Grape Juice Reply with quote

This week, I made another batch of grape juice. Every year I make it & this year I decided to make a video of it (see below). Iíve also added a few pictures at the end of this post.

The process is easy:

1. Pick the grapes
2. Remove the grapes from the stems (stems make for bitter juice)
3. Steam the grapes in a few steamers
4. Empty the the steamer into a jar.
5. Let the jar sit until the juice has heated it up
6. Boil your lid
7. Put the lit on the hot jar & wait for it to seal as it cools.

Thatís it. Really easy & REALLY good.

Just for kicks, I made a 2 min video about the process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4YEspzS3Xg

This year I used Patriot Grapes. They are smaller and stronger than Concords. It is a black juice not as blue as a concord. It is also fruitier.
I have more pictures on my website but here are a few teasers:


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chris



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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice. I've got 2 year old peaches that are as tasty as the day that they were canned. Does the juice stay preserved as well? Does one need to fortify it with sugar or acid or anything else to keep it from fermenting or spoiling??
Good looking stuff!
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greekspeedoman



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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have had grape juice that has lasted 4 years. I add nothing to it but a little water from the steaming process. It preserves great and tastes better than anything commercial.

The juice may be good longer than 4 years but usually we drink it all in one year. We just happened to find an orphan jar a couple of years back.
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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a Ball Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wolfy, you killing me!!

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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I am intrigued. Where and how much did you pay for your Steamer?
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PostPosted: Saturday 9-26-2009 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a Ball! I found some 1/2 gal Ball jars this year. I love it because that is about right for a meal of 4 people.

The steamers where passed down from my great grandmother. However, amazon has a model that is pretty much the same as my two (except 75 years newer). They also make some stainless ones. Having only used aluminum, I can't speak for them. But the aluminum does a great job.

http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-A12-Aluminum-Juicer/dp/B0007VW61S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1254022604&sr=8-1

Once you've had home made, there's no going back.

The steamer can also be used to make the juices needed for jellies. I have made grape, tomato, & jalapeno jelly with the steamer before. All separate of course.

This could be the first step in making wine too.
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