Yummmm, have you ever smelled fresh concord grapes?! The smell is just amazing. So when my husband and I were at a local farmers market this past week I just could not pass up getting some fresh and delicious concord grapes. Of course the first thing I thought of making was a fantastic jam 🙂 Heres the recipe!
What you’ll need:
5 lbs of fresh concord grapes (you can always adjust the proportions to your liking)
Freezer safe jars
One pot for boiling and one bowl for the grape skins
1 small bowl to mix sugar and pectin
1/3 cup water
2 Tbs of instant pectin
1/3 cup sugar x2 🙂
First wash your grapes, then de-skin each grape. The easiest way to do this is to detach the grape from its stem and pop the grape out. After you have the “naked” grape place the grapes in one bowl (I used the pot I boiled them in) and the skins in another. This is the most tedious and time consuming part of the whole recipe. This might be a good time to invest in some child labor, or husband help 🙂
Cover the grapes (not the skins) in about 1/3 cup of water and boil for 5 minutes.
While the grapes are boiling place the grape skins in a blender or food processor and get them as smooth as you can, once they are smooth add 1/3 cup of sugar to the skin mix and blend just a tad more and set aside
In a small bowl mix together the remaining 1/3 cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of instant pectin and set aside
Mash the boiled grapes through a sieve so the meat and juice of the grape separate from the seeds. Toss seeds when you’re all finished.
So you have your grape juice, your sugar/pectin mix and your skin puree, right? Ok…so now mix them all together and place into freezer jars. Let them cool a bit before putting the caps on, otherwise pressure will blow them right off…no one wants exploding grape jam all over the place right?!
And there you have it friends….concord grape jam ready to freeze 🙂 Enjoy!