Making Grape Juice with Harvested Grapes

Making Grape Juice with Harvested Grapes

By: Cynthia DuVal (Kitchen Garden Expert)

We picked some of our Interlaken grapes for our harvest table currently displayed in the kitchen garden. At the end of the day, I brought them home to try my hand at making grape juice...Boy howdy am I glad I did!   
 
I was busy, so I jammed the grapes into my refrigerator for what turned out to be a couple days. No worries, the grapes were sweeter than ever!  
 
On my day off I disinfected my kitchen sink and counters, then rinsed the grapes with cool water. Meanwhile, I had all the piece parts of my Magic Bullet juicer disinfecting in the dishwasher. 
 
The next and most tedious step was to remove all the grape stalks and leaves.  It was little boring, but satisfying too. Once this was done, I rinsed them in cool water again and put them back in the refrigerator. I then cleaned up the mess and got the bullet ready to go.  
 
Next, I processed the grapes in the Magic Bullet and saved the juice in a disinfected glass jar. I then labeled the jar with a permanent marker and put it back in the refrigerator for a half hour to chill it. 
 
Drinking the juice was none other than a heavenly, culinary experience!  I drank the whole quart in a state of culinary bliss! 
  
The moral of this story is to pick your grapes when they are ripe. Juice some to enjoy, and freeze any extras for a delicious and nutritious treat after your harvest is complete.  
 
We'll have Interlaken grape starts for sale in our kitchen garden in early Spring 2021. Watch for them!  




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