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Canning Grape Juice

William Schafer


An average of 24½ pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 16 pounds per canner load of 9 pints. A lug weighs 26 pounds and yields 7 to 9 quarts of juice – an average of 3½ pounds per quart.


Select sweet, well-colored, firm, mature fruit of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking.


  1. Wash and stem grapes.
  2. Place grapes in a saucepan and add boiling water to cover grapes. Heat and simmer slowly until skin is soft.
  3. Strain through a damp jelly bag or double layers of cheesecloth.
  4. Refrigerate juice for 24 to 48 hours.
  5. Without mixing, carefully pour off clear liquid and save; discard sediment. If desired, strain through a paper coffee filter for a clearer juice.
  6. Add juice to a saucepan and sweeten to taste. Heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Continue heating with occasional stirring until juice begins to boil.
  7. Fill into jars immediately, leaving ¼ inch headspace.
  8. Adjust lids and process.

Recommended process


National Center for Home Food Preservation. July 2014. Selecting, Preparing and Canning Fruit: Grape Juice.

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Revised by Suzanne Driessen 2015

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