BLUE CONCORD GRAPE JELLY
It’s Time For The Grapes! I am so happy when I get produce from the garden. Everything seems to come in all at once and you either have to Give it away, let it Rot or Preserve it! I prefer to Give it away or Preserve it. I do a lot of Dehydrating, but I love to Can as well. My husband loves Bread and Butter Pickles and Jelly…let’s just say…he loves food.
My Cucumbers were coming in by the boat-load…so I made Pickles yesterday and the Grapes are doing the same…so I made Jelly as well. I had to use Sugar with the Bread and Butter Pickles as I was using a prepared mix, but I substituted Truvia for Sugar with the Jelly. I had to use Pectin to thicken as the Stevia in the Truvia doesn’t thicken like Sugar does. This is the Recipe for my Grape Jelly:
- Wash and Check the Grapes for Stems and Bad Grapes
- After Washing Put Grapes in Large Stainless Steel Pot
- 1/2 Cup of Water for Each Quart of Fruit
- Cook in Large Pot until Soft (Med. Heat) 10 Minutes
- Use Potato Masher to Mash to a Pulp
- I Run Mixture Through a Large Stainless Steel Strainer
- 3 Cups of Juice Retrieved
- 2 3/4 Cups Sugar I use 1 1/2 Cups of Truvia
- 4 Tsp. Pectin
Sanitize Area. Sanitize Canning Jars and Lids in Canner for 5 Minutes. Retrieve Jars and Lids from Canner after Sanitizing. Mix: Sugar or Truvia, and Pectin into Juice and Stir for 10 Minutes over Medium High Heat. Juice should be getting a little thicker after cooking to a Rolling Boil for 10 Minutes or 220*F.
Use Funnel and Pour Hot Jelly into Half-Pint, Sanitized Jars. Clean Jar Rims and Apply Sanitized Lids to Jar. Finger Tighten by Using Fingertips to Tighten. Using a Jar Holder, Place Jelly Jars into Boiling Water onto Canner Rack. Make sure 1 inch of water is Covering Jars. Place Lid on Canner and Let Jelly Jars Boil for 10 Minutes. Turn Off Heat and Let Cool 5 Minutes. Remove Jelly Jars from Canner.
Do Not Retighten Jelly Jar Lids if Loose. Cool For 12 Hours. Check Seals. Label and Store Jelly. Mine is Delicious with a little Tartness to it. I don’t like Foods too Sweet. My Grapes were Sweet But Not Too Much. If You Like Really Sweet Jelly, Add a Little More Sugar Than I Did.
“ENJOY YOUR HARD WORK”
“DELICIOUS GRAPE JUICE JELLY”