Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wild Grape Jelly

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!

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