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Homemade Grape Juice

Recipe Name: Homemade grape juice

Difficulty: 6 out of 10

Time: 1 hour + 20 min washing up

Ingredients: concord grapes (5 lbs), distilled water (2 cups)

Step One: befriend your neighbour in a wholesome, genuine, I-got-your-back kinda way. Not just on FB.

Step Two: Say “YES” to invitations such as “We got extra grapes on our vines, wanna come pick some?”

Step Three: go pick the grapes with your family. Remember to bring bags, wear clothe you can wash easily and a step ladder (It is true what they say about low hanging fruits).

Step Four: rince the grape if you like. Put the fruits in a large enough pot. I recommend a pot with a built-in strainer system. Add 2 cups of distilled water and bring it to boil. Reduce the heat then cover the pot.

Step Five: boil/steam the grapes for about an hour. Stir vigorously from time to time to break the grape skins and also to let off some steam from your daily life.

Step Six: Let the juice and pulp cool and strain away the pulp, seed, skin and stem. You can filter it further with fine strainer or cheese cloth if you are fancy like that. Put juice in glass jar and refrigerate.

This recipe is a lot of fun especially if you have kids. They can be involved in every step of the process. Just make sure they wear purple. The juice are really sweet and natural tasting. WAAAAYYY better than store-bought (don’t tell Paul Newman I said that). They can be drank straight up, combined with a carbonated water or some alcoholic drinks such as vodka or gin. For the little ones you can make grape jello or popsicles.

In cold storage the juice actually form small sugar crystals on the side. They look and taste like a gift from mother nature.

If you make WAY too much juice you can always pay it forward and give to another neighbour. Happy Juicing!


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