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How to make Grape Juice from Scratch

Do you want to learn how to make grape juice from scratch? Nothing tastes better than homemade grape juice and I easily explain how to make it.

I offer a cooked version and uncooked; try one or both. Don’t forget – grape juice is good for you too.

How to make Grape Juice

How to Make Grape Juice from Scratch

Grape Juice, Cooked:

10 pounds Concord grapes
2 pounds sugar
2 quarts water

Use well-ripened, but not overripe grapes. Pick over the grapes and wash. Place in a pan and cover with the water. Bring to a boil and let it boil until the seeds are released. Strain while hot through cloth bag. Heat juice to a boil and skim. Add sugar and bring to a rolling boil for one minute. Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal.

If ordinary bottles are used, do not fill too full. Immediately after filling, place corks over bottles very lightly at first and as they cool, push corks down hard. Cover with paraffin or sealing wax to make it airtight.

For white grape juice, use ripe Delaware or Tokay grapes and follow the instructions above.

Grape Juice, Uncooked:

2 cups Concord grapes
1 cup sugar
boiling water

Wash grapes, stem and place in a 1 quart, hot, sterilized airtight jar. Add 1 cup sugar and fill to overflowing with the boiling water. Seal at once, and shake until sugar is dissolved. Let stand 3 to 4 weeks before using. Sugar must be thoroughly dissolved or the juice will turn to wine.

When I was young, I would pour grape juice over ice cream and mix it up.  It really was good.  I am also offering you a recipe for grape juice concentrate from Food.com below.


6 lbs concord grapes
1-1/2 cups sugar

Wash and remove stems on grapes.  Measure out 14 cups.  Combine grapes with 2 cups water in a large kettle and cover.  Bring to a boil and cook slowly until very tender; approximately 30 minutes. 

Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth.  Let juice stand 24 hours in the refrigerator and strain again. 

Combine strained grape juice and sugar in a large kettle; heat to boiling.  Pour hot juice into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space.  Adjust lids and process in boiling hot water bath for 10 minutes.

Before serving, dilute grape juice concentrate with water to taste and chill well.


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