Canning Grape Juice with Concord Grapes

October 6, 2023

By: Miranda Lamb


My Great Uncle Bud gave me a love of old movies and classic TV shows. And nothing is more classic than the I Love Lucy Show! Naturally, my first thoughts about grapes goes to the iconic scene of Lucy at the vineyard making goofy faces as she was squishing grapes. While this grape juice recipe isn’t quite as funny, thankfully my canning grape juice with Concord grapes recipe isn’t nearly as messy OR complicated! So enjoy laughing at I Love Lucy, while you make this ridiculously simply Concord grape juice recipe!

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

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Easy Canning Grape Juice Recipe Without Cooking

There are a lot of grape juice recipes, but most of them involve cooking grapes and/ or running grapes through a sieve. This easy canning recipe does not involve any cooking. And the taste is absolutely fabulous!

You will simply wash and destem your grapes and place them in jars. There is no deseeding and no cooking or mashing the grapes. The magic happens in the 3-4 week period while the grapes sit in the sealed canned jars.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

The hardest part to making this recipe is finding grapes!

Easy Way to Make Grape Juice Without a Blender

This recipe also does not require any blending or deseeding of grapes. The whole grapes, minus the stems are placed in the quart jars. The grapes are processed in a water canning bath.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

After the canned grape juice sits for 4 weeks, you will simply strain out the remaining grapes. All that is left is delicious grape juice. Ridiculously simple!!

Ingredients for Homemade Concord Grape Juice

For this canning concord grape juice recipe, you will need a few ingredients!

  • Concord Grapes

    You will need to find fresh Concord grapes. I have been gifted Concord grapes from a friend, after her trip home to upper New York. But I have also found them at our local Amish bulk food store. Ask around to see if a local store receives fresh shipments in of grapes, if they are not locally grown in your area!

  • Canning Supplies

    Canning grapes will require canning materials. You will need brand new canning lids, canning rings (previously used is fine), quart jars, and a canner. You wil be canning your grape juice using the water bath method so a large pot that will hold several quart jars is also fine. You do not need to have a pressure cooker.

  • Sugar

    White granulated sugar is required for Concord grape juice recipe. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup per jar. On this most recent batch of grape juice, I did experiment with using less sugar. I will update this post when, I see if using less sugar works well as far as taste and shelf stability.

Steps to Canning Grape Juice

Clean your quart jars and rings. Typically, I run my canning jars through the dishwasher, the night before, that way I know they are good and clean. If you forgot to run them through the dishwasher, then wash with hot soapy water in sink. And then pour boiling water over them to ensure they are clean. Always use new canning lids!

This is a nice beginner canning set that has the regular size mouth jars.

Wash and destem grapes. Simply wash grapes in a colander and then pluck grapes off the stems. As you destem grapes, have a 2 cup or larger measuring cup nearby. Place destemmed grapes immediately into measure cup til you have 2 cups.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

Place 2 cups of grapes in quart jars. Once you have 2 cups of washed grapes place the grapes into sterilized quart jar.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

I like to use this handy funnel. Or you can purchase this set which includes funnel and the jar lifter!

Pour 1/2 cup sugar into jar. Once you have 2 cups of grapes per quart jar, pour 1/2 cup of sugar into each jar over grapes.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

Pour boiling water over grapes. Next, you will pour boiling water over the grapes and sugar. Fill up to the bottom of the quart jar mouth rim, leaving about an inch of space in each jar.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

Wipe down rim of jars. With a damp paper towel, wipe down tops of rims. You want to remove any bits of sugar or grape that might prevent the canning lids from properly sealing!

Place new lids on quart jars and seal down with rings. Now that your rims are debris free, you will place a new canning lid on the top of each canning jar and seal down with a clean ring. You can reuse canning rings as needed.

Place quart jars in water bath. Lastly, place your sealed quart jars in a water bath. You can use a pressure canner or a very large pot. I like to place several inches of water in the canner before placing on stovetop. Carefully, lower jars into water in the canner. Then pour water over jars til they are covered by an inch of water.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

Cover canner or large pot with a lid, but do not seal the lid of canner. You are just trying to help your water heat faster. Bring water bath to a simmer or low boil. Set timer for 10 minutes and let process. Once jars have processed for 10 minutes, turn off stovetop burner.

Once water has cooled slightly, remove jars from water bath and allow them to sit for 24 hours.

Make homemade grape juice with this super simple canning grape juice recipe. Preserve the harvest!

Label and store jars for 3-4 weeks. Once jars have completely cooled, you can label your jars. Place in a pantry or cupboard, out of direct sunlight and allow to sit for 3-4 weeks. I will periodically check on my jars though the 3-4 weeks.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes

Enjoy! After 3-4 weeks, open a jar and enjoy some delicious grape juice with your family and friends! Store any leftover grape juice in fridge.

Canning grape juice with Concord grapes
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Homemade Canning Grape Juice Recipe

Make and can homemade concord grapes the easy way. No blending or mashing. Just delicious fresh colorful grape juice to savor all year long!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
30 days
Total Time30 days 40 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: canning recipes, concord grapes, grape juice
Servings: 8 quarts


  • 1 Pressure Cooker or Large pot
  • 8 Quart jars
  • 8 New rings and canning lids


  • 16 cups concord grapes
  • 4 cups granulated sugar


  • Wash and clean grapes. Remove any stems.
  • Measure out around 2 cups of grapes per quart jar.
  • Add 1/2 cup of sugar per jar.
  • Pour boiling water over grapes, to within 1 inch of the top of the jar.
  • Place new lid and a ring on each jar. Place jars in a water canning bath.
  • Process in water canning bath for 10 minutes.
  • Remove jars and cool. Store jars out of direct sunlight for 3-4 weeks.
  • After jars stand for 3-4 weeks, open jar, strain out grapes and enjoy.
  • Store open, unused juice in fridge for up to a week.

6 thoughts on “Canning Grape Juice with Concord Grapes”

  1. This works so well! I have been canning juice this way for years. I use seedless Concord grapes from our own vines. Do you have any ideas for using the grapes instead of throwing them away after straining off the juice? It seems like a waste since they are seedless.

    1. Thanks so much Debbie for sharing from your experience. I have not come across any ideas on what to do with the actual grapes. I agree…it seems like a waste to just throw them away afterward! I do love that you can use your own Concord grapes!

    2. i made grape juice last year. after straining the grapes, I gave the grape stuff to someone’s who had chickens. they loved it.

    1. Hi Deborah, The jars can just sit on the shelf in the kitchen. They do not need to be refrigerated. Once it has been 3-4 weeks, and you open one to drink, then you need to place the remainder of the juice you did not drink in the refrigerator. But the sealed jars can sit out on the shelf in your kitchen:) Great question. Thanks for asking.

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