How do I make grape jelly from grape juice?
By CONNIE from Winston-Salem, NC
Buy a box of Sure Jell and follow the easy directions. (07/07/2009)
Here is a recipe that my grandma had and it works well and yum!
Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
Stem and crush grapes thoroughly, one layer at a time. Place in saucepan. Add water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place 3 layers of damp cheesecloth or jelly bag in large bowl. Pour prepared fruit into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 4 cups juice into 6- or 8-quart saucepan.
Stir sugar into juice in saucepan. Add butter to reduce foaming, if desired. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/8 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with 2-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary. Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 minutes. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lid with finger. (If lid springs back, lid is not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
*If using wild grapes, Malaga or other tight-skinned grapes, decrease prepared juice to 3 1/2 cups and add 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice. Concord grapes give best color and flavor. (07/09/2009)
I've used Welch's grape juice, apple juice, and even Kool Aid to make jelly. Just look on your Sure Jell instructions. Use the amount of juice and the amount of sugar and Sure Jell called for and follow your instructions. I made strawberry Kool Aid jelly a few times. Put your package of unsweetened Kool Aid in a pot. Add the amount of water to equal the strawberry juice called for. Then add your sugar and Sure Jell according to directions. Ummm, good. Enjoy!
Margaret from Denton, TX (07/09/2009)
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