Grape juice recipe – If you are new to making homemade fresh grape juice then this post may be helpful. There are numerous health benefits of consuming grape juice, especially when made fresh and consumed immediately. Apart from being a rich source of antioxidants, many vitamins and minerals, grape juice may provide the same health benefits as wine like reducing cholesterol, reducing the risk of blood clots and controlling blood pressure.
Other minor health benefits of grape juice include detoxifying the body naturally by throwing away the waste – cleansing the liver, kidneys and many other organs. Though grape juice provides us with abundant nutrients and health benefits, it is good to consume a variety of fruits or juices and not limit to grapes alone.
This post on how to make grape juice was sitting idle in my drafts since last year. So thought of sharing this now.
There are 2 ways of making grape juice – One is to boil the grapes and then make a juice that can be preserved for long time, this method is good for those growing grapes in their orchard. Second one is to juice fresh grapes for maximum health benefits. I am sharing this method here along with some tips on how to clean grapes before juicing them.
Grapes are one of fruits with lot of pesticide residue and cleaning them thoroughly is very crucial before consuming. Though organic grapes may be the best choice, sometimes we end up buying the regular ones considering the freshness, quality & availability.
Grape juice can be made in a blender or a juicer what ever you have. I have made this in a cold press juicer hence did not add any water. If using a blender then you may need to add water as desired according to your taste. We do not use any sweetener for our juices, if you desire you can add.
For maximum health benefits, always consume fruit juice alone and not with breakfast or snack. When consumed alone the nutrients are absorbed by the body typically within 15 to 20 minutes. The entire fruit juice gets digested well. Eating other foods along with the juice slows down the digestion and absorption as well. This also results in acidity, loss of appetite and sluggish digestion.
Here are the simple steps I follow to clean up the grapes whether organic or not.
How to clean grapes before making grape juice
1. Make sure you begin to clean them just before you make the grape juice otherwise ripe fruits may begin to rot once they come in contact with moisture. I usually clean them about 30 mins before I intend to juice the grapes. I also ensure they are at room temperature. If the grapes are cold, getting rid of the unwanted particles from the surface of fruits is hard.
2. Wash the grapes very well under running water and place them in a wide bowl. For 1 kg of grapes, sprinkle 2 tbsps of sea salt (powder not crystal) then spray vinegar generously.
3. Begin to destem & remove over ripe or rotten grapes. This would take about 10 to 15 mins. By then the salt completely melts.
4. Add water just enough to cover them. Rub them gently and discard the water. Repeat the rinse under running water with ample amount 3 to 4 times.
5. Drain them to a colander. You may still see whitish coating like on the grapes, just ignore it as they are the naturally occurring substance on grapes.
6. Add them to your juicer or blender jar and begin juicing. Other ingredients that go well with grapes are ginger, lemon juice, handful of holy basil or tulsi, mint leaves etc. If you are using a blender, then you will have to strain the juice in a strainer. Use a spoon to press down the juice. If you have used salt for washing, the grapes turn salty so don’t need to add salt while making the juice. Skip adding lemon juice if the grapes are sour. I sometimes use 1 medium size lemon for 1 kg grapes.
1 kg grapes will yield about 820 ml cold pressed juice, though it depends on the freshness of grapes and the juicer used.
Serve fresh grape juice immediately before it begins to oxidize.
Video of grape juice recipe
Grape juice recipe card below
- 1 kg grapes of your choice
- ½ inch piece of fresh ginger (optional)
- ¼ tsp pink salt or black salt (optional)
- ½ cup tulsi / holy basil leaves (optional)
- ¼ tsp pepper corn or crushed
- 2 tbsps Sea salt (powder form)
- Vinegar as needed, generously
- Water as needed
- Bring grapes to room temperature.
- Sprinkle salt and spray vinegar. Set this aside for 10 to 15 mins. Meanwhile destem the grapes. Discard the rotten grapes, if any.
- Add water just enough to cover the grapes. Rub them gently. Discard the water.
- Rinse them a few times with lot of water.
- If making it in blender, add grapes along with the desired ingredients.
- Add water according to your taste, depending on how diluted you want it to be.
- To make in slow juicer, follow the manufacturers manual.
- Serve grape juice immediately before it begins to oxidize.