Moustos (Greek Grape Must)

Moustos (Greek Grape Must)

Moustos, or grape must, is used in Greek cooking to make puddings, candy, and syrup. It's easy to make using this ancient recipe and a fun family project.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    If using wood ash, sprinkle the grapes with the wood ash before starting. Work in manageable batches.
  2. Step 2

    In a large tub, squeeze the grapes by hand (or use a grape press if available) to get as much juice as possible.
  3. Step 3

    Pour the grapes through a strainer, collecting the juice in a large bowl or stainless pot.
  4. Step 4

    Discard the skins, stems, seeds, and any pulp. If using eggshells, add them to the pot now.
  5. Step 5

    Bring the juice to a boil and skim off the foam that rises to the top. Boil for 5 minutes.
  6. Step 6

    Leave the pot on the burner, turn off the heat, and let sit for 5 minutes, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  7. Step 7

    Slowly pour the cooled must into containers or a bowl, being careful not to pour out the silt. The cooled grape must can be used immediately or frozen.