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grandma’s grapejuice

October 11, 2010

This past week we went to a local vineyard and picked concord grapes.

It was an AMAZING beautiful autumn day.

When we got home I spent the evening canning grapejuice…the way my grandma made it.

She’s been gone for 13 years, but she was with me as I canned these grapes as she used to can her own grapes. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and a special way of remembering my grandma:

1. Pluck the grapes from the stems and wash and place them in a colander.

2. Fill each jar half full with clean grapes.







3. Add a tablespoon of sugar.





4. Fill the jar (leaving 1/4 inch headspace) with boiling water.


5. Wipe the rim of the jar with a clean clothe (to ensure a seal won’t be compromised).



6. Remove a seal from boiling water and place it on the jar.




7. Screw on the band.


8. Place in the canner.



9. Once the water in the canner begins to boil, process the jars of juice for 25 minutes.

10. Remove from canner to cool.



11. Enjoy the smell of the grapes and listen the the jars seal as they cool.

One month later we will be able to enjoy the most beautiful juice…juice that with each sip I think back to my Grandma & Grandpa Smith’s kitchen table…a place that holds vivid memories and cherished roots that will be with me forever as a…SMITH.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawn permalink
    October 11, 2010 11:14 am

    The longer you allow your juice to sit in a cool place the better it will taste. I always say that hearing the “pop” of a jar sealing is sweet music to my ears! It is awesome that you are carrying on that tradition. It makes wonderful gifts! Enjoy! Love you so much!

  2. Melissa Doyon permalink
    October 11, 2010 11:35 am

    Sunshine! Thanks for sharing your experience of making grape juice and carrying on the tradition with your children. I love it!

    Miss you!

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