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Monday, October 19, 2015

Grape Jam

Grapes are ready, and who doesn't like homemade grape jam? 
The grapes were so beautiful this year!
We followed (mostly) the directions from the Sure Jell box.  I will admit we doubled our batch, which this is something they recommend not to do.  Our jelly turned out wonderfully, so we will do the next batch the same way.  ☺

Supplies Needed:
Dry measuring cup
liquid measuring cup
lids and rings
metal spoon.
canner (and canning rack if you have one)

Grapes - about 4 lb. (enough to make 10 cups juice)
(see below for instructions)
1 tsp. butter
Sugar - 14 cups
2 boxes Sure Jell
Okay, let's get started!

1. Pick your grapes.  
(As you can see....we had one excited girl to help pick the grapes!)
Look what we picked! 

2. Sterilize your jars.  (I use a dishwasher.)

         3. Put lids in saucepan. Cover with water.

4. Prepare canner by adding some water.  Set aside.

5. Wash the grapes.

6.  Remove and discard stems. 
(My son helped me do this.)

7. Place them in a large pot and add enough water just to cover the grapes.
8. Bring to  boil; simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
9. Carefully pour grapes through juicer.
As you can see...we used a pan to help catch the juice. 
10. Measure out 10 cups juice.
(You may add a bit of water, if needed, to make the correct amount.)

11. Measure out exact amount of sugar and set aside.  (In our case, it was 14 cups.)

12. Stir 2 packages of Sure Jell into the prepared fruit juice.  

13. Add 1 tsp. butter to reduce foaming.

14. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. 

15. Add sugar to fruit mixture.  

16. Return to full rolling boil; boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
17. Remove from heat.  Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

18. Pour juice into hot, clean jars. Fill each, leaving 1/4 inch space from the top.

19. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with lid, put rim on, and tighten. 

20. Place jars in hot water canner. (Make sure water is covering jars!) Add boiling water if needed.

21. Process for 10 minutes, according to your canner's instructions.

22. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely.

That's it!

By the way, these would make nice gifts! :)

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