Kitchen DIY: Canning Whole Grapes

Kitchen DIY: Canning Whole Grapes

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I am not a very good gardener, but I am pretty good with fruits.  That is probably because so far, I don’t do much except prune and watch for bugs.

I don’t have enough producing grape vines that I need to know how to can them, but I have high hopes so I wanted to learn how to do it before I needed to know.

In this post I want to show talk about how I go about canning whole grapes.  When canning grapes, you need to know that a good estimate is that you will need 14 pounds of grapes to fill a 7 quart canner. If you have a smaller 9 pint canner, you will need 9 pounds of grapes

If at all possible, you want to get slightly unripe grapes.  The best about 2 weeks from being at their optimum quality. Also tight skinned green seedless are the best to can, but I have seen people can ripe concord grapes – Go with what you have…

How to Can Grapes Whole

Ingredients:

  • Grapes
  • Sugar or honey
  • Water

Procedure:

  • Wash and sanitize jars, lids, and rings
  • Fill canner to desired height with fresh water and begin to heat
  • Put lids a smaller pot and turn stove eye to boil.
  • Heat a medium/large saucepan of water to boiling.
  • Wash and de-stem grapes.
  • Depending on how strong/sweet you want the syrup in the jar to be, mix the following grape/sweetener mix
    • For straight juice: 1 cup grapes, 1/4 cup sugar or 2 Tbsp honey
    • To make a concentrated juice: 2 cups grapes, 1/2 to 1 cup sugar, or half that in honey.
    • For extra concentrated juice: 4 cups grapes, 1 or more cups sugar, or half that in honey.
  • Pour grapes/sweetener mix into jars with canning funnel.
  • Fill enough of the jars for one canning load with boiling water to line below jar threads (about 1 inch)
  • Wipe rims with towel, add warm lids and rings, tighten to finger-tight.
  • Place on rack in canner, cover with lid and turn on high.
  • When water in canner boils, time 20 minutes for pints or 25 minute for quart sized jars and keep water boiling for that time.
  • Remove jars with lifter, place on towel on counter.

Repeat as needed.

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