How to Make and Can Grape Juice (with a Steam Juicer)

by Becky
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I’m excited to share with you how to make and can grape juice with a steam juicer. Homemade grape juice is so delicious! In the past, I never used any special tools or gadgets. I would squish the grapes in a pot as they heated then pour the released juices and pulp through a sieve. It took me countless hours of work to yield just a few quarts of juice.

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I finally decided to upgrade and try a steam juicer. One try and I wondered why I had waited so long. It took just one hour of letting the juicer do the work for me and it was ready! I’m excited to share with you just how easy making and canning grape juice is with this incredible kitchen tool.

Supplies you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 9lbs Grapes
  • Sugar (optional)

This recipe makes 3 quarts of grape juice.

  1. Start by filling the base of the steam juicer with water. Fill it all the way up to almost the rim and place on a stove top. It’s essential that the water doesn’t dry out when juicing.
  1. Add the second and third layer to the juicer. Then wash your grapes thoroughly and remove any shriveled, rotten, or unripe grapes. It is not necessary to remove the remaining grapes from the stems. However, you may want to remove the stems if you plan on using the leftover pulp to make jam or fruit leather.  Place grapes in the top layer of the juicer. Put the lid on the top, heat to just above medium heat. Set the timer for one hour.
  1. Meanwhile, heat up the mason jars you will use for canning the juice. This can be done several ways, you can run them through a dishwasher or heat them up in the water bath canner you will be using. Because the grapes will be canned for over ten minutes it is not necessary to sterilize the jars. But do make sure they are hot and clean!
  1. Put a small table shorter than your cooktop in front of the juicer. Place hot mason jars on the small table. Remove the lid from the steam juicer. Place the hose in the jar and release the juice. Watch in amazement as delicious, pure grape juice fills your jars. At this point you can taste the juice and see if it needs additional sugar. My grapes were a little tart this year so I added 2 Tablespoons sugar per jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves in the hot juice.
  1. Leave ¼ inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Add clean lids and bands to jars. Tighten bands to fingertip-tight. 
  1. Place jars in a water bath canner with hot water. Ensure all the jars are completely covered with water by one inch. Bring to a boil and process both pint and quart jars for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes of boiling, turn off the heat, remove the canner lid. Wait 5 minutes. Remove jars from the canner. Let cool for at least 12 hours before removing the bands and store.

Notes: Don’t do any more than this amount of grapes or you will overflow the juice container and it will go into the water below. If you are juicing a large amount of grapes and want to make full canner loads (7 quarts), I recommend purchasing two juicers so you can process six quarts of juice at a time. 

How to Make and Can Grape Juice

Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )

Ingredients

  • 9lbs Grapes, juicing grapes work best, for example I used Concord and Sunbelt varieties
  • Sugar (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Start by filling the base of the steam juicer with water. Fill it all the way up to almost the rim and place on a stove top. It’s essential that the water doesn’t dry out when juicing.
  2. Add the second and third layer to the juicer. Then wash your grapes thoroughly and remove any shriveled, rotten, or unripe grapes. It is not necessary to remove the remaining grapes from the stems. However, you may want to remove the stems if you plan on using the leftover pulp to make jam or fruit leather.  Place grapes in the top layer of the juicer. Put the lid on the top, heat to just above medium heat. Set the timer for one hour.
  3. Meanwhile, heat up the mason jars you will use for canning the juice. This can be done several ways, you can run them through a dishwasher or heat them up in the water bath canner you will be using. Because the grapes will be canned for over ten minutes it is not necessary to sterilize the jars. But do make sure they are hot and clean!
  4. Put a small table shorter than your cooktop in front of the juicer. Place hot mason jars on the small table. Remove the lid from the steam juicer. Place the hose in the jar and release the juice. Watch in amazement as delicious, pure grape juice fills your jars. At this point you can taste the juice and see if it needs additional sugar. My grapes were a little tart this year so I added 2 Tablespoons sugar per jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves in the hot juice.
  5. Leave ¼ inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Add clean lids and bands to jars. Tighten bands to fingertip-tight. 
  6. Place jars in a water bath canner with hot water. Ensure all the jars are completely covered with water by one inch. Bring to a boil and process both pint and quart jars for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes of boiling, turn off the heat, remove the canner lid. Wait 5 minutes. Remove jars from the canner. Let cool for at least 12 hours before removing the bands and store.

 

Notes

Notes: You can do 9 pounds of grapes when making this recipe. This will yield roughly 3 quarts of juice. Don’t do any more than this amount or you will overflow the juice container and it will go into the water below. If you are juicing a large amount of grapes and want to make full canner loads (7 quarts), I recommend purchasing two juicers so you can process six quarts of juice at a time. 

How to Make and Can Grape Juice

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grapes, juice
Calories: 2817kcal

Ingredients

  • 9 lbs Grapes juicing grapes work best, for example I used Concord and Sunbelt varieties
  • Sugar optional

Instructions

  • Start by filling the base of the steam juicer with water. Fill it all the way up to almost the rim and place on a stove top. It’s essential that the water doesn’t dry out when juicing.
  • Add the second and third layer to the juicer. Then wash your grapes thoroughly and remove any shriveled, rotten, or unripe grapes. It is not necessary to remove the remaining grapes from the stems. However, you may want to remove the stems if you plan on using the leftover pulp to make jam or fruit leather. Place grapes in the top layer of the juicer. Put the lid on the top, heat to just above medium heat. Set the timer for one hour.
  • Meanwhile, heat up the mason jars you will use for canning the juice. This can be done several ways, you can run them through a dishwasher or heat them up in the water bath canner you will be using. Because the grapes will be canned for over ten minutes it is not necessary to sterilize the jars. But do make sure they are hot and clean!
  • Put a small table shorter than your cooktop in front of the juicer. Place hot mason jars on the small table. Remove the lid from the steam juicer. Place the hose in the jar and release the juice. Watch in amazement as delicious, pure grape juice fills your jars. At this point you can taste the juice and see if it needs additional sugar. My grapes were a little tart this year so I added 2 Tablespoons sugar per jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves in the hot juice.
  • Leave ¼ inch headspace. Wipe jar rims. Add clean lids and bands to jars. Tighten bands to fingertip-tight.
  • Place jars in a water bath canner with hot water. Ensure all the jars are completely covered with water by one inch. Bring to a boil and process both pint and quart jars for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes of boiling, turn off the heat, remove the canner lid. Wait 5 minutes. Remove jars from the canner. Let cool for at least 12 hours before removing the bands and store.

Notes

You can do 9 pounds of grapes when making this recipe. This will yield roughly 3 quarts of juice. Don’t do any more than this amount or you will overflow the juice container and it will go into the water below. If you are juicing a large amount of grapes and want to make full canner loads (7 quarts), I recommend purchasing two juicers so you can process six quarts of juice at a time. 

Nutrition

Calories: 2817kcal | Carbohydrates: 739g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 7797mg | Fiber: 37g | Sugar: 633g | Vitamin A: 2694IU | Vitamin C: 131mg | Calcium: 408mg | Iron: 15mg

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3 comments

Laurel M. September 28, 2022 - 4:09 am

Steam juicers are awesome!! I have red grape vines in my yard. One year I got 16 gallons of grape juice! Have you heard of grape molasses? I make that, too. Thanks for showing us all the things you do, Becky. One year, my teenager brought friends over while I was steaming grapes and they couldn’t believe that grape juice could be made at home. It’s sad that young people don’t know where food comes from. You’re raising your kids right!

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Elisabeth September 28, 2022 - 8:08 pm

Interesting.
Where I live good grapes can only be bought in the store, a bit to expencive to make juice. We had some vines in our greenhouse before we moved it. I actually made juice but it tasted terrible. Well I live in the middle of Sweden and our zone for planting is 4 to 5.. so we need to have peaches, vine and such in a greenhouse ( the zones is 1 to 7 and 1 is the best) And the one we tried was not a good one.
Next time the store have a good price I will try making juice with delicious grapes 🙂.

One thing I thought about.
I saw you use cardbord. It is very common here too. Especially by those who grow organic.
I do not know if you try to grow Eco.
Anyway.
When I was going to use cardbord and papers in our garden there was a big NO from my husband.
He has worked for many years in a paperfactory.
He said it is a lot of chemicals in the paper and cardboard that he do not want yo eat.
And as I understand It the color in papers are really bad too.

So now I just use straw, wood chips and a lot of gras from our lawn.. The woodchips actually “eats” a lot of nitrogen I was told so you can”t add to much in a garden bed. Better in between I guess. Have you tried wood chips?

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Joanna October 13, 2022 - 3:50 pm

If you put marbles in the bottom pan with the water they will start dancing around loudly if the water gets too low 👍

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