How To Make Verjus (Verjuice)

Homemade verjus in a glass.

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A great substitute for lemon or lime that is made from unripe grapes.


  • 6 pounds (2.72kg) unripe grapes


  1. Put them in a large bowl and mash them with the bottom of a jar. You don't need to remove them from the stems. 

  2. Transfer the resulting juice into a fine mesh sieve and squeeze in your hands. Make sure to use gloves when doing this. Alternatively, you can strain it with a coffee filter or cheesecloth. 

  3. Pour the juice into a mason jar and keep it in the fridge.


  1. If you have a food mill, you can use it to crash the grapes. Remove the stems and put the grapes in your food mill fitted with a coarse plate. You still need to strain the juice using a fine mesh sieve.
  2. Put on gloves when squeezing the unripe grapes as the acid in them might hurt your skin. 
  3. Try to be as quick as possible when juicing the unripe grapes. As you work, there will be oxidation and the juice will lose the green color. So work fast.
  4. The color of the homemade verjuice might change from green or yellow to brownish. It is okay, the taste will still be good. 
  5. The verjuice will separate and you will see a thin layer of sediment at the bottom of the jar as it sits in the fridge. It is fine, just give it a shake and then use it.
  6. You can keep it in the fridge for 2-3 months. If you want to keep it longer, add in a teaspoon of citric acid and sea salt after pouring it into a mason jar and shake well.