grapes

With all the health benefits of grapes, it’s really no wonder red wine makes its way to tables across the world.  According to Worlds Healthiest Foods:

Grapes and products made from grapes, such as wine and grape juice, may protect the French from their high-fat diets. Yet, French people with these habits have a lower risk of heart attack than Americans do. One clue that may help explain this “French paradox” is their frequent consumption of grapes and red wines.

 To learn more about all of the health benefits in grapes, make sure to check out Worlds Healthiest Foods.

I was so blessed to have been given a cooler filled with freshly picked Concord Grapes.  As you can see in the image above, the color is a dark blue/purple and the smell is unbelievable.  Sweet as candy!  As soon as I smelled the grapes, I knew right away that I wanted to enjoy the grapes as naturally as I could.  Unfortunately, concord grapes, have very large seeds making them difficult to eat raw.  So the next best thing was to make grape juice to drink and preserve.

Homemade Grape Juice from Concord Grapes

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Ingredients:

  • Concord Grapes

Method:

  1. Fill a large pot 2/3 full with concord grapes.
  2. Add water to barely cover the grapes.
  3. When the water comes to a boil, start mashing the grapes in the pot with a potato masher.

    smushed_grapes
  4. Lower the heat and let the grapes simmer for five minutes.
  5. After 5 minutes, mash the grapes again.
  6. Continue to simmer for an additonal 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer the grape juice and all of it’s pulp into a jelly bag.

    jelly_bag
  8. Let the juice seperate from the pulp for 20- 30 minutes.  Once this time has passed, with a spoon, mix the pulp in the jellybag in order to squeeze out any remaining juice.
  9. Fill quart jars with the juice and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.

At this point you can discard the remaining pulp by compost or backyard chickens, however, seeing that the pulp was still a bright purple and smelled so sweet, I decided to be frugal and give it another round to make juice for jelly!  The juice for the jelly is not as sweet as the first round for juice.  However, with an added sweetener, it will turn out perfect πŸ™‚

Juice for Grape Jelly

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With the leftover pulp from the jellybag above
  1. Return it to the pot and add 6 cups of water.  Bring the water and pulp to a boil and thoroughly mix through.  Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Return pulp to the jelly bag and let the juice seperate from the pulp for 20-30 minutes.
  3. You can either use this juice to make jelly now or freeze the juice to make jelly another day.

    saved_grapejuice

    I had originally made juice in two batches.  I saved all of the pulp and added 12 cups of water, enough for 2 batches of grape jelly.  I froze my juice to make on a rainy day πŸ˜‰

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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