Friday, September 26, 2014

Concord Grape Jelly

What to do with 25lbs of concord grapes? I thought about doing a syrup, jelly or a pie that I saw on Martha Stewart.  I also searched on Pinterest  for ideas too. I ended going with jam. I found two videos which I like Martha Stewart's  and YouTube


I used 4lb. of concord grapes for each batch of jelly I made.  The first thing I did was wash all the concord grapes. I dumped them in a water bath and rinsed them. 


Once the grapes were washed, I placed them in a bowl. Then I pulled the stems off and placed the grapes in another bowl. You could also place them in a pot. 


 After I mashed them I placed the grapes in a large pot I added 1 cup of water and brought it to a boil over high heat. Once boiling turn to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes, stir every now and then.   



After it simmered for 10 minutes, then I strained with a Jelly Strainer Bag. I used a ladle to put the grapes and liquid through the bag while I had a bowl under. 


I let my drip through for about 6 hours. I used a milk crate and carabiner clip to rig my bag up to drip. Using 4lb. of grapes I got 4 cups of grape juice. 


To pass time Hailey and I went to get pedicures done.


6 hours later I made sure to setup everything I needed before this next part because you need to work quick. I had already sterilized my jars but I put a pot of hot water on the stove and boiled it with my jars in it to warm them up being I was going to place hot liquid in them .  I left them in the hot water boiling until the last minute before I needed them. 


 Pour the 4 cups of grape juice and 5 cups of sugar into a large sauce pan or pot.  




Stir in 5 cups of sugar in and let it boil. The sugar really seemed to vary for every recipe depending on the sweetness you wanted to get. Martha Stewarts recipe use 7 cups but 5 was sweet enough for me.  My husband (sugar conscious and all) was trying to talk me into making him a batch with even less sugar. Once boiling add in your pectin. Let boil for 1 minute. 


During this one minute I pulled my jars out of the hot water and place them on a cookie sheet. 


Now I skimmed the foam off the liquid this step I had to move quick because the jam was already getting thick. 


Using a canning funnel to keep the edges of the jar clean I poured in the liquid. I left about 1/2 inch of room at the top. 


Spooned off the air bubbles off the top on the jars, wiped the edges and put the lids on.


I wanted my jelly to last longer, so I processed it by boiling the sealed jars in water.


I boiled for 10 minutes then pulled them out to cool and set. I let them sit and tried not to move them around.  They make a cricket sound which is the lid popping in when they are cooling. If the lid pops then I know they are processed, which makes the shelf life a year. 


The Concord Grape Jam is so yummy. I really enjoy it on a slice of sourdough bread. 

YOU WILL NEED:

DIRECTIONS:


PREPARE YOUR JUICE (YIELDS ABOUT 4-1/2 CUPS OF GRAPE JUICE)
  1. You will need: 4lbs grapes and 1 cup water
  2. Wash grapes and remove from stem. Crush using a potato masher.
  3. Place crushed grapes in a saucepan. Cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Strain mixture through dampened jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth to extract juice. Let juice drip, undisturbed, for 4 to 6 hours.

    Note: Squeezing jelly bag may cause jelly to be cloudy.

PRE-HEAT YOUR EMPTY JARS

  1. Fill pot water add jars and boil.

MAKE YOUR JELLY

  1. Place juice and sugar in an large sauce pan or pot. Stir in sugar then gradually stir in while bring to a boil. 
  2.  Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, then add your  Ball® brand RealFruit®Classic Pectin and stir. 
  3. Let boil for 1 minute and remove your jars from the hot water.
  4.  Remove the foam from the top the grape jelly liquid.
  5. Fill jars with the grape jelly liquid leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch on the top. After filling spoon out the air bubbles.
  6.  Wipe the edges and seal your jars. 

PRESERVE YOUR JELLY

  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. 
  2. Place jars of jelly in the boiling water and let boil for 10 minutes. Make sure its boiling, do not start the 10 minutes until it is boiling with the jars int he pot. 
  3. Pull jars out and let them cool. You should here a cricket sound when the lid pops down. If the lid pops in then its processed and ready for self life.  

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