The phrase ‘nectar from the gods’ came to mind the first time I tried home made grape juice. The sweet, pure, non alcoholic beverage was one of the most surprisingly enjoyable drinks, I’ve ever tasted.
Better still my friend shared with me, just how easy it was to make my own home made grape juice. So I decided to give it a go.
Unlike my friend, my grapes were store purchased and not grown at home. Also my grapes were a mixture of white and red grapes instead of my friend’s red grapes only suggestion (which I will adhere to in the future). My store purcased, mix grapes were getting old which motivated me to get making juice – so to reduce grape waste.
Nectar of the gods grape juice (Sarhn’s basic procedure):
* Remove grapes from their stems.
* Wash them and remove any unripe or ‘yucky’ grapes.
* Place grapes into a very large saucepan or pot, then place on the stove. Turn on the heat.
* As grapes heat up, mash them with a potato masher. Keep mashing until all juice has been squeezed out of the skins.
* Bring to boil slowly then simmer for 15 minutes.
* Place mixture through a large fine cooking sieve to separate juice from skins.
I served the juice straight away so hence it was warm but serving chilled or at room temperature are both equally enjoyable.
We didn’t have left over juice (but we didn’t have lots of grapes to start with). If however there was left over juice, I would store it in the fridge for up to three days.
If you have an abundance of juice, read my friend’s blog post on how they preserve their grape juice for up to a year.
Seriously you got to try this grape juice. Our Little One doesn’t drink anything faster!