Wild Grape Jelly
We have SO many wild grape vines around our house that we decided it was time to do something with them. We got a whole big box full! The most difficult part of it was picking the tiny grapes off of the stem. I wasn't real sure how many grapes we had but it more than covered the bottom of the pan. Add a small amount of water~~just so they wouldn't burn. Let them heat up and start to boil. Then with a potato masher crush the grapes. Cook for about 30 minutes on low. Pour into a strainer lined with cheese cloth and let them drip. If you have a fine mesh strainer you can just use that. Let it drip drip drip until you have 3 cups of liquid or almost that amount. You can add a small amount if need be.
Here is the complete recipe:
3 cups of grape juice
6 cups of sugar (next time I make this I will use less sugar)
3/4 cups water (if you need to add to grape juice to make 3 cups of juice)
1 package powdered pectin
Place grape juice in large pan (I always use enamel for jellies) add the box of pectin. Over medium high heat bring to a boil and boil at a full rolling boil for one minute.
Add sugar and stir until dissolved. About a minute. Remove from heat and ladle into hot clean canning jars. Place the 2 piece lid on top and place in hot water bath canner for 10 minutes.
It might a few days for the jelly to completely set up. Mine took about a day. It was WAY better than store bought. ENJOY!