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fresh grape jelly

Do you love homemade grape jelly on your toast?  Maybe you use it in your savory recipes too like meatballs?  Check out how you can make canned grape jelly from juice.

If you have extra grapes, you can make concentrated grape juice too.

Making Concord Grape Jelly

You really just need a few ingredients to make concord grape jelly. To start, you need grape juice from concord grapes. This requires you to take concord grapes (off the vine), washed in cool water to clean and squish them.  Process them in food mill, electric or by hand with a potato masher to squish. My stand mixer has an attachment and it was pretty quick to make juice,

Once you have run the grapes through the mill, you will want to strain them through cheese cloth or bag.  We used fruit press bag as that is what we had and we wanted some pulp in our juice.  If you don’t want pulp, use a cheese cloth.

How Do You Make Homemade Grape Jelly?

See the recipe below. It’s grape juice, sugar and boiling water.  And some other important steps.

straining grapes in a bag
Use a jelly bag to strain the juice from the grapes
freshly picked grapes with stems

Can You Use Grape Juice to Make Jelly?

Yes you can.  Be sure to use unsweetened juice to make this grape jelly recipe or it will be overly sweet.

picked grapes in colander to be washed



What Is The Difference Between Jam And Jelly?

Short answer is jelly is made from the juice of fruit. Jam can contain seeds and pulp as well.  The fruit us sometimes chopped or crushed in jams.

boiling grapes


What Size Canning Jars Do You Use?

How much do you love grape jelly? We use half pints so that we can enjoy a variety of jellies.  If you really love grape, use pint mason jars.

hot grape jelly

What Kind of Grapes Do You Use For Grape Jelly?

Concord grapes.  They have a sweetness to them unlike the green, red or black grapes you find in the store. Using another kind for this recipe, will give you an entire different kind of jelly.

jarred grape jelly

Do You Water Bath the Jelly?

Water bath only happens at the end after processing the jelly.  You water bath the jars to ensure they are sealed.  It is not used to process and boil the juice into jelly.

They should set and seal. The half pint jars will make great gifts for the holidays and housewarming gifts.

fresh grape jelly
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Homemade Canned Grape Jelly

Homemade canned grape jelly never tasted better. You can can your own grape jelly and enjoy it all year with this recipe.
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 Batch
Author: Regina Sober

Ingredients

  • 5 cups grape juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 packet pectin

Instructions

  • In a large pan, add the 5 cups grape juice, water, sugar and pectin and stir.  Simmer on medium heat.  Bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
  • Ladle the jelly into the jars using the canning funnel (keep the jars clean) 
  • Wipe the jars rim with a clean wet towel
  • Place the seals and bands on the jar.
  • Process the jars in a water bath canner for 10 minutes. Let the jars sit for 5 minutes before removing and placing a towel over them on the counter while they cool.
  • Label and date the jars
Homemade canned grape jelly never tasted better. You can can your own jelly and enjoy it all year with this recipe

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