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How to make wild grape juice

Wild grapes

Smashing grapesWild grapes grow along the roadsides in Capay Valley, California.  Here's my favorite way of using them: squishing them into juice.

1. Wash and put the grapes into a large ziplock bag. Seal the bag, removing as much air as possible.

2. Squeeze the grapes with your feet or fingers. Pop all the grapes. This is a very pleasant sensual experience!

Strain grape juice3. Pour the grapes pulp into a strainer and press with the back of a spoon, catching the juice into a bowl.

4. Do not heat the juice! Heating it removes much of the delicious flavor. You can strain it further, but I don't.

5. Refrigerate or freeze the juice. If you allow the juice to stand at room temperature for a day or so before refrigerating it, you will get some natural carbonation from the yeast on the grape skins. I like this.

I get rave reviews from friends about the freshness of this juice and I serve it at my B&B, Cache Creek Inn.


Visual protractorIn addition to running Cache Creek Inn, Camilla Barry and her husband invented the visual protractor shown here, which they describe as "the world's easiest protractor --- anyone can use it!"

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That grape juice sounds delicious! I know they have some kinds of wild grapes around here, I'll have to start looking for some.
Comment by Eric in Japan Thu Jul 5 19:52:15 2012
The muscadines taking over my tomato plants should be ripe in a couple of months. I set making a little muscadine wine as a goal for this season. I've been doing some thinking on how to get the juice out. I'm going to use your method.
Comment by braddock Thu Jul 5 22:29:09 2012

Eric --- I'll be curious to hear how wild Japanese grape juice tastes. :-)

Braddock --- This does sound like a relatively easy method if you've just got a small harvest.

Comment by anna Fri Jul 6 16:07:19 2012

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