Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Canning Grape Juice With Whole Grapes

Canning grape juice with whole grapes is one of those ridiculously easy canning recipes that's great for beginners.  It's a great way to preserve grapes that you find on sale or that you grew in your backyard.  You can use your favorite grapes to make an easy canning grape juice recipe.  I used table grapes and cotton candy grapes.

Easy Canning Grape Juice Recipe

Grape juice recipes usually call for special equipment and a lot of time.  I do have a steam juicer that I love, but I canning grape juice with whole grapes is so easy that I won't even bother with it for juice for drinking.

This is one of those unusual canning recipes that you wonder if it's even safe.  I assure you, it's a safe canning recipe, and you can do water bath canning grape juice to make it even easier.

This is similar to my canning whole cranberries for juice recipe.

I used sugar, but you can do canning grape juice without sugar or use a sugar substitute.

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Can Grape Juice Be Canned?

Yes, grape juice is safe for canning.  Whole grapes are also safe for canning in water or a very light syrup.

I don't believe in so called rebel canning, and I won't share unsafe recipes.  This grape juice canning recipe is safe for your family.

Can You Water Bath Can Grape Juice?

Yes, you do water bath canning grape juice.  The acid content keeps the botulism and other microbes from growing.

You can learn more about when to water bath and went to pressure can in my 11 canning mistakes that can kill you post.

How Long Do You Process Grape Juice for Canning?

When canning white grape juice, process quarts for 20 minutes in a water bath canner.  

Best Grapes for Grape Juice Canned

We grow Concord grapes, but they are sour and have seeds in them.  Technically, you could use a seeded grape for grape canning recipes, but I wanted seedless just in case the seeds didn't strain out.

I used table grapes from the farmer's market when they had a really good sale.  I also used cotton candy grapes for canning white grape juice.

If you haven't had cotton candy grapes, I recommend looking for them.  They are made by cross pollinating table grape varieties to get a sweet grape with a hint of vanilla.  They taste just like cotton candy!

My daughter and I love them, so I wanted to try canning white grape juice with cotton candy grapes.  They were well worth the wait for the flavor to develop!  Cotton candy grape juice canning recipe is amazing!

You can use your favorite kind of grape, but it's best to use a seedless grape.  If you use a really sweet grape, you may not need sugar.

Canning Grape Juice Without Sugar

This easy canning grape juice recipe doesn't need sugar to be safe, so it's fine to omit it or reduce it.  If you use a sweet grape, you may want to reduce the sugar.

Not all artificial sweeteners can be canned safely.  The high heat can cause sweeteners to get bitter or lose their potency.

Aspartame should not be used for canning because it gets destroyed by the heat.

You can, however, use Splenda.  I've used it for canning with good results.  I normally use half sugar and half Splenda so it's not so bitter, but you can use all Splenda.

You can also use stevia for canning.  I recommend adding 1/2 teaspoon of liquid stevia to start.  

How Long is Canned Grape Juice Good For?

Use your grape juice canned within 18 months.  Once opened, store it in the fridge and use within 5 to 7 days.

Canning Grape Juice With Whole Grapes Ingredients

This is one of those fill the jars recipe, so you can make as many or as few jars as you want.  The measurements are for one quart of grape juice canned.  Multiply it by 7 for a full canner load.

Equipment for Canning Grape Juice

Easy Canning Grape Juice Recipe

Step #1

Wash your jars and canning equipment.  Place clean jars in your water bath canner.  Fill each jar full of water and fill the canner with water to the top of the jars.  Turn the heat on and let the jars warm.

Step #2

Meanwhile, wash the grapes and remove any stems or bad pieces of fruit.  Place a pan of water on the stove and bring to a boil.

Step #3

When the jars are hot, use the jar lifters to carefully dump the jars and place on the counter. 

Step #4

Add 1 cup of grapes and 1/4 cup sugar to each jar.  Then cover with hot water.  Use your bubble popper to remove bubbles and then wipe the rims clean.  Place the lid and ring on the jar and tighten.

Step #5

Place the jars back in the water bath.  Add water to cover by 1 to 2 inches.  Let the water come to a full boil and boil for 20 minutes.

Step #6

When 20 minutes is up, turn off the heat and remove the lid.  Let the jars cool for about 5 minutes.  Then use the jar lifters to remove the jars and set on a towel or heat proof surface for 24 hours or until cool.

Wait for 24 hours before testing the lid.  If you touch it before then, you could create a false seal.  Learn more about canning jars not sealing.

After 24 hours, check the seals and reprocess if needed.  Then wipe off the jars and label them.  I have some cute canning label printables in my Etsy shop.

Wait about a month for the flavor to develop after canning grape juice.  

Now you know about canning grape juice with whole grape.  I hope you enjoy this easy canning recipe!

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