We didn’t get a whole lot of grapes this year, but I didn’t want to let what we did get go to waste. That is so easy to do when you are used to seedless store bought grapes. So we made grape juice for the very first time following the recipe in the Ball Blue Book. It was surprisingly easy. First you wash, stem, crush, and measure grapes. Add 1 cup water to each gallon crushed grapes.
Then heat grapes 10 minutes at 190º F. Do not boil. Strain juice through a damp jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth.
Let juice stand 24 hours in refrigerator. Ladle juice from pan, being careful not to disturb sediment. Strain juice again. measure juice; add 1 to 2 cups sugar to each gallon juice. Reheat juice for 5 minutes at 190º. Do not boil.
We will definitely be doing this again. Hopefully the frost won’t get our grapes next year. It tastes way better and is thicker than our favorite grape juice from the store.