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Canning Grapes: the effortless recipe you should try

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
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Preserving fruits and vegetables at home is a great way to store an overabundance of produce. This is useful, especially in times when you want your favorite fruits to be available out of season. By canning grapes. You can enjoy grapes right throughout the year whether in season or out of season. The grapes are fruity and sweet with a tender texture.

To make canned grapes, you only need grapes, sugar, and water. You simply make a syrup, cover the grapes with the syrup, and store it. As easy as that! Use the preserved grapes over a breakfast bowl, in a salad, or eat them straight out of the jar!

What are the best Grapes for Canning?

Make sure to use fresh grapes for the best results. Grapes should be firm, and rather a bit underripe than overripe.

Canned Grapes Quantities

You will need about 2 lbs (1 kg) of grapes per liter (US quart) jar.

How To Can Grapes

Before you start, wash the grapes well, and sterilized the jars.

Making The Syrup

Even though the grapes are already sweet enough, you will still need to make a syrup for the canning process. Otherwise, the grapes won’t keep their sweetness and you’ll be left with bland-tasting grapes and sweet water.

To make the syrup, pour water into a pot, add sugar, and boil until you get a light syrup. Pour the syrup over the grapes in the bottles. Screw the caps on tightly.

Water Bath Canning Grapes

To can the grapes, place the jars in a pot and add hot water. Bring to a boil. Allow to boil for about 20 minutes.

How To Use Canned Grapes

Scoop the canned grapes directly from the Mason jars and spoon them over a bowl of yogurt, porridge, oats, or even ice cream. They also bring a pop of sweetness to a salad, and can also be served sliced on a piece of bread.

Can You Can Grapes As A Raw Pack?

Grapes can be canned either by the raw pack or hot pack method. While the hot pack method does produce better results, the raw pack method is usually quicker and easier.

To raw pack the grapes, prepare them first by washing them and removing the stems. Pack the freshly washed grapes into the sterilized jars. Then pour the boiling liquid over the grapes, making sure to leave a headspace of about 1-inch. Heat the filled jars in a canner or use the boiling water method above.

Tips

As an alternative to sugar syrup, you can also can the grapes in apple juice or grape juice.

If you like your grapes a bit boozy, why not preserve them in alcohol? Place washed and destemmed grapes into clean sterilized jars and top with sugar. Pour the brandy over the grapes in the jar and seal. Store in a dark place for at least one month before consuming. Work on a ratio of 1 lb grapes to 1 pound sugar and 2 to 3 cups brandy (you can also use vodka or whiskey).

Green grapes are better for canning and red grapes as red ones tend to their color.

How To Store Canned Grapes

Sterilized and properly canned jars can be stored in a cool, dark cupboard for up to a year. Store the opened jars in the refrigerator.

Ingredients
Water
1,3 liters (5 1/2 cups)
Sugar
450 g (2 1/4 cups)
fresh grapes
1 kg (2.2 lbs)

Instructions

Wash the grapes under running water, then take the sterilized glass jars.

Place the washed grapes into the glass jars.

Pour water into a pot, add sugar, and boil until you get a light syrup.

Pour the syrup into the glass jars.

Put the lid on tight, place the jars in a large pot, add hot water and bring to a boil to vacuum seal.

Remove the jars (they will be hot!) and leave them to cool, then store the canned grapes.

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