Making Grape Juice With the Mehu Liisa Steamer Juicer
If you have any intention of making grape juice or jelly with our Concord grapes this year, here’s a tool that will seriously help you out. It’s the Mehu Liisa steamer juicer, which you’ll find on our September and October order forms for apples and Concord grapes. Let me tell you how COOL this thing is!Last year, right after everyone picked up their apples and grapes, our friend Erma called to tell me I needed to come see how she made her grape juice. Having never heard of a steamer juicer, I was intrigued and came right over. Erma showed me her perfect jars of clear purple grape juice and this simple method of making it:
Erma rinsed several bunches of grapes (not bothering to remove the stems or the leaves) and put them into the top pan, which is the steamer basket.
The Mehu Liisa has three pans that stack together. The bottom one holds the water that will steam the fruit; grapes in this case. The middle pan is shaped like a bundt pan. The steam comes up the open center and into the steamer basket, where it opens the juice cells in the grapes. The clear purple juice drips down into the bundt-shaped pan below. It’s not diluted by the steam because the steam escapes through the lid.
As Erma and I talked, I could see grape juice filling up the hose that came out of the bottom of the juice pan. When there was enough juice, Erma drained the hot juice into one of her prepared jars, capped the jar and set it aside.
Done. I mean, done-done. She didn’t even need to process the jars because both the juice and the jars were boiling hot.
And there was no squeezing squished grapes through messy cheesecloth and no water bath canning. Just beautiful, sweet grape juice without any hassle.