How to Preserve Wild Grape Juice
I’m not sure there is an easier recipe for canning grapes than this one. It’s a good thing since our entire East side of the yard is mile high with them. What you will end up with is a grape juice concentrate that can be diluted and sweetened to taste. You get the full-bodied flavor of grapes because you are essentially canning whole grapes. This is a great first recipe for new Canners.
Canned Grape Juice
7 Quart Jars with lids and bands
14 cups wild grapes
Sugar if desired (you can certainly add it now or when you are ready to serve.)
Sterilize your jars
Fill with 2 cups of grapes
Pour boiling water over grapes, leaving 1/2 inch headspace
Hot water bath can them for 10 minutes
Allow to cool before storing
Wait 2 weeks before using.
Open quart jar and pour through a strainer into a 2 quart container. Add 1 quart cold water and taste for sweetness. Add additional sugar or other sweetener as desired.
I find that the kids love this juice with little to no added sweetener. You may have to adjust for the variety of grapes you are using, so don’t worry if you have to taste, sweeten, taste, repeat.