Homemade Grape Jelly
Today's recipe comes right from the kitchen of my sister-in-law. She grew up on a farm in western PA and has years of jelly-making experience. She recently made a delicious batch of this amazing homemade grape jelly for our family and we can't get enough! It is definitely worth the little bit of extra work and time! My 16 month-old makes an audible "mmmm" sound every time she has some smeared on a cracker or crescent roll!
You will need:
2 cups of unsweetened grape juice
1 cup of water
3 ½ cups of sugar
1 package (1 ¾ ounces) of powdered fruit pectin
Special devices recommended:
A Dutch Oven/Casserole Dish - a thick-walled (usually cast iron) cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. Dutch ovens have been used as cooking vessels for hundreds of years. They are called casserole dishes in English speaking countries other than the USA ("casserole" means "pot" in French)
A Canner - a special device used for canning various foods. Can be found at stores/sites that sell basic kitchen gadgets, such as Walmart, Amazon and Canning supply companies.
Magnetic Lid Lifter
1. Boil 6 clean 1 pint canning jars in the canner along with the lids and rings.
2. While waiting for the jars and lids to come to a boil, combine the juice and pectin in a non-reactive Dutch oven. Stir consistently until it comes to a boil.
3. Once it boils, add the sugar and continue boiling on high heat for one minute.
4. Remove from the heat and skim off any foam.
5. Quickly ladle into hot jars, wipe the rims and put on the lids and rings.
6. Put the jars into the canner again for 15 minutes to boil.
7. Take the jars out to cool and listen for the pop sound the lids make as they completely seal airtight. (Once it seals, it is good for a couple of years!!)
8. You can use special canning tongs to lift the jars in and out of the hot water, as well as a special funnel to ladle the hot jelly in to avoid a mess. They also sell magnetic lid lifters to get the lids and rings out of the hot water...well worth it if you don't want to get burned!
This is an ideal homemade Christmas gift or stocking stuffer for your little ones!
Enjoy some with Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas morning with toast and butter!