My mom grows concord grapes in her backyard. Growing up we would juice them together each year. She would then make a few dozen batches of delicious grape jelly from her homemade grape juice (post here).
This is my favorite jelly! It is so flavorful, sweet, and delicious! It is easy and quick to make, especially considering the fact that the extras will store for up to a year. I’d highly recommend trying this fantastic recipe.
2 Cups grape juice
1/4 Cup strained lemon juice
5 1/3 Cup sugar
1 Cup water
1 pkg. of MCP Premium Fruit Pectin
- Begin by sanitizing the lids and jars. Simmer them in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.
- Juice two lemons. Strain the lemon juice to remove pulp and seeds.
- Combine 1/4 Cup lemon juice, 1 Cup water, and 2 Cups grape juice into a 6 or 8 Quart saucepan.
- Measure the exact amount of 5 1/3 Cups sugar. Pour it into a separate bowl.
- Stir 1 pkg. of MCP Premium Fruit Pectin into the juice in the saucepan. Optional: add 1/2 tsp. of butter or margarine to reduce foaming—we didn’t add butter.
- Bring the liquid mixture to a full rolling boil (a boil that doesn’t stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly.
- Add sugar to liquid mixture in saucepan. Return to a full rolling boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
- Skim off any foam with a metal spoon.
- Ladle or funnel immediately into prepared jars, filling each to within 1/4 inch of top. Wipe jar rims and threads and cover with two-piece lids.
- Finally, you need to seal the jars by putting them into a waterbath canner. This will seal the lids tight to avoid fermentation. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water if needed. Place the lid on the hot water canner and turn the stove to high heat.
- Bring the water to a boil with the lid on for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off. Pull the rack up and place it on the sides of the canner to access the bottles. Carefully use a neoprene glove or a canning jar lifter like this to remove the jars:
- Remove jars and place them upright on a towel or cooling rack to cool completely.
- After the jars cool, check the seals by pressing the centers of the lids with a finger. If lid springs back the jar is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary. Let prepared jars stand at room temperature for 24 hours. Store unopened jelly in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 1 year. Refrigerate opened jellies for up to 3 weeks.
When ready to open a jar, carefully (so you are gripping the lid only and not the lip of the glass jar) use a church key to pop the sealed lid off.
Serve on toast, rolls, etc. and Enjoy!
juicer– for lemon juice
cooling rack or towel
tongs– for fishing rings and lids out of hot water
church key aka bottle opener – to remove the sealed lids
You’ll need 5-6 16 oz jars. We just reuse old jars we have on hand…so we used 4- 16 oz and 2- 8oz for this batch. You’ll want new lids/seals but you can reuse rims. These will obviously need to match the jar mouth size.
You’ll need 5-6 16 oz jars. We just reuse old jars we have on hand...so we used 4- 16 oz and 2- 8oz for this batch. You'll want new lids/seals but you can reuse rims. These will obviously need to match the jar mouth size. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
You’ll need 5-6 16 oz jars. We just reuse old jars we have on hand...so we used 4- 16 oz and 2- 8oz for this batch. You'll want new lids/seals but you can reuse rims. These will obviously need to match the jar mouth size.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.