I love summer!
It brings heat, which brings basket fulls of grapes! Concord grapes that is!
I love picking, smashing and creating these little purple gems into grape jam. My hubby, the wonderful man that he is, will not step out of his comfort zone and try all the other amazing jellies and jams I make! He will only eat Welches Concord Grape Jam! Boring, I know!
Until now!!! I have hooked him on my amazing homemade Concord Grape Jam! Nothing like fresh grapes from the vine! Funny thing is, I dislike grape jam! So not a huge fan. Thats why I make all the other exotic flavors!
Here I have about 3 1/2 pounds of Concord Grapes. Gorgeous, don't ya think!
The jam I made is a 2 step process!
Take your 3 1/2 pounds and wash and remove stems. Place in a pot and crush, add 1/2 cup of water after crushing. Cover and then bring quickly to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Let juice drip through a few layers of cheesecloth and a small holed metal strainer.
Cover and let stand in a cool place overnight. Strain again the next day through cheesecloth to remove crystals that may form from the grape juice (*If sediment remains in juice it will result in large
crystals forming in the bottom of jar. These crystals,
primarily tartaric acid, are not harmful but are unappealing.
Tartaric acid is used in the making of cream of tartar.) Just a little tip I found and thought I would share!
You should end up with about 4 cups of grape juice. You will need 4 cups for this recipe. Pour juice into the kettle you are going to cook the jam in. Add 3 cups of sugar and stir it in. Boil over high heat until jellying is reached. Add 1 pouch of liquid pectin and stir. Remove from heat, skim off foam quickly. Pour into hot jars. Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes. Makes 4 half pints.
My Grandma gave me this recipe! I actually like the Grape Jam!
Are you growing grapes? Have you made jam or jelly from your bounty?
What kind are you making?
Happy Grape Harvesting!!!