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I was cleaning out the frig so we'd have some place to store leftovers from Easter supper and found four pounds of over ripe grapes shoved to the back. Since throwing out unused produce is a common occurrence in this household i decided to stop the vicious cycle and make jelly...

After all, everyone loves jelly, even if they don't use it.

Imaging a picture of grapes in a bag here, (camera fail!).




 
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Step 1: Clean and cook the grapes

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First thing you should do is wash the grapes, follow that by picking them off the stems, you don't need to be perfect. Be sure to pick out any moldy or mushy grapes, we aren't trying to make ourselves sick.

I had half green and half red grapes. I cooked them for about 20 minutes until they were a delicious mush.




Step 2: Strain

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Line a colander with cheese cloth and drain the mush into a bowl for a couple of hours, when it's cool gather up the cheese cloth and squeeze any leftover juice from the mush, compost the mush.




Step 3: Cook the juice

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I got three cups of juice from the grapes, probably could have done better, but whatever. So I added two cups of sugar so it wouldn't be too sweet, and boiled over medium heat until the candy thermometer read 220 degrees Fahrenheit.  As you can see, even three cups in a 6 qt. pot tried to boil over, do not leave it unattended.




Step 4: Canning

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So I decided not to can such a small quantity, you can do a standard boiling water process for 5-10 minutes and it will keep for a year. Instead I washed out an Ikea Beer Mug with boiling water and poured the jelly in and covered with saran wrap, it should last 3 weeks in the frig.

Let gel overnight and enjoy.

you probably noticed that it is a little runny, there are two possible causes, I used over ripe fruit which is low in pectin, and I used less sugar then generally recommended (3/4 cup for each cup of juice). Next time I would probably just cook a chopped up apple with the grapes to add pectin.

BTW, it tastes freaking awesome, better than any commercial grape jelly I've ever had.




micki2221 year ago
Thank you for sharing. Cooking down the grapes is way less labor intensive than the way i was taught.
NoFiller4 years ago
Great idea for using up extra grapes, I wouldn't have thought of doing that.

Most grapes are low in pectin, so adding the chopped apple or commercial pectin would probably make a big difference to the texture.
harkejuice4 years ago
You could also try to add some acid in the form of lemon juice to balance out the sugar, or make your own pectin from apples or pears by doing the same method (wont over power the flavor) and straining the liquid twice.
S1894 years ago
Wonderful idea! I've always been wary of canning type recipes but for a small batch just to refrigerate for a short time, this looks very doable! And delicious! I never finish commercial jelly (grape or otherwise) but I'd probably want to finish some I make myself.
Stellar !!!!!
NachoMahma5 years ago
.  Nice job. Looks yummy.
lemonie5 years ago
Yum, I never knew you could do this with grapes before today.

L