I really miss grape jelly and jam. But I found a very easy recipe for a jam that is fresh with a great taste.
- 2 lbs. fresh dark purple grapes
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice or orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon butter (the butter will stop foam from forming on your jam)
Wash and drain the grapes. Mash them a bit with your hands or a potato masher. Add sugar, lemon juice and butter. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes stirring often. Drain using a fine mesh strainer and using a pestle or back of a large spoon squeeze all the juice out of the seeds and skin. Discard seeds and pour the juice back into the saucepan to cook for another 20-25 minutes. Take a small dish and place in the freezer. After 20 minutes of cooking take a small amount of the jam and place on the frozen dish, if it spreads out you need to cook longer. If it sets up you can jar immediately. Make sure your jars and lids have been serialized. This recipe should make two – eight ounce jars, refrigerate.
Fast, easy and fresh.
Hey Aunt Nancy-
My wife and I love making jam (usually strawberry or peach). I was initially intrigued to see you added butter to prevent the foam, but then quickly noticed the lack of pectin in your recipe. Is that something you can cut out because you’re using grapes? Or something else?
I’d love to know.
Thanks for keeping us filled in on all your fun and adventure.
Hi Joe, sending you and your growing family big hugs. The girls are absolutely beautiful and I enjoy seeing all the wonderful pictures you put on Facebook. It is very difficult to get pectin if not impossible, I need to have someone bring it in from the US when they are traveling. So I have found recipes that don’t call for it like the grape works great, also guava works. Using just sugar and being careful not to scorch or burn it while you are cooking. The jam is thick and excellent. We cannot find grape jelly or jam here so I have started to make my own. Joe loves it, actually last evening our treat was half a roll with peanut butter and grape jelly…the best. Thanks for following the blog, take care of you and those beautiful gals. Nancy and Joe
Sounds yummy, going to try this for sure
Mary so easy…you will love it
I’m so amazed at all the things you do. I would never survive if I had to do those things. Would you like a boarder
Janet, you know the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention”. I love grape jelly and jam but cannot find it on the shelves here so I decided to make my own. Once I did it was easy to make a few jars, when they were almost done, buy more grapes and make a few more jars. Right now I have sauerkraut working, just finished making 7-8oz jars of sweet pickle relish and this grape jam…I’m retired so I do this early in the morning before it gets to hot. Keeps me busy and makes everyone happy. Be well, come visit anytime, you are always welcome. I may having you squishing grapes but it is therapeutic, take my word for that. ha ha Nancy and Joe