Grape Juice!

1) Pick your grapes.  We used our fingers and gardening shears.  We may have wound up in the ER but everything worked out okay and I have a brave and happy little man.

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2) Wash the grapes and pick them off the bunches.

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3) Smash and Smush!  This was the really fun part.  My son loved it!

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4) boil the grapes and continue to smush them.  I boiled them for about ten minutes and crushed them with a potato masher while they were cooking down.

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5) Strain the juice from the grapes.  This part was tricky and I feel like I could have gotten more juice out but I was still happy with the grape juice concentrate I had, in the end.

2013-09-12 20.37.40At this point I froze my juice into containers.  I could have canned it but I was being lazy.  When I am looking for some juice I will pull out a jar and mix it with water to taste.  The concentrate was delicious, on its own!  I didn’t need to add any sweeteners and the kids and I really enjoyed it!

There are lots of grape vines going begging for picking these days!  Enjoy picking and squashing!