Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Homemade Grape Jelly

Sorry for yesterday's rambling post. My brain was overtired and foggy from this cold I have. I'm feeling a bit better today, but I'll keep things simple.

Today was another unusually busy day. I had good energy today and got quite a bit accomplised. I didn't have to force myself to get anything done, I just did it without really thinking about it. It was a nice change of pace.

I do not like buying grape jelly. It's full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup (plus a couple other kinds of sweeteners! yuck!) But my kids love grape jelly. So I thought I'd make my own. It's so easy! Don't be intimidated - you can make your own jelly!

Homemade Grape Jelly (sugar free!)
4 cups (32 oz) grape juice (100% juice please! no sugar added! made from concentrate works just fine)
box of powdered pectin
3/4 - 1 cup honey (I used 3/4, grape juice is pretty sweet already)
1/2 teas. butter

Ok, so this is what my box of pectin instructions told me to do (I used Ball).
  1. In large saucepan add juice, gradually stir in pectin powder.
  2. Over high heat, bring juice to a rolling boil that cannot be stirred down.
  3. Add honey, and bring to a rolling boil again. (Add 1/2 teas butter to reduce foaming, if desired.)Boil for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat, and ladle into hot canning jars.
  5. Place lids on jars.
  6. Put jars in a hot water bath. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn off heat. Remove cover from canning pot, let jars sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Remove jars from hot water. Let them sit on the countertop until cooled down.
  9. Check that lids are sealed.
Once the jars are cooled down the jelly will solidify more. Don't get nervous if when you take them out of the hot water you see the juice sloshing around the jar. :)

As you can see, I got about 4 and 3/4 jars (they were 8 oz jars) of jelly.


I'm linking this up to Simply Sugar and Gluten Free's Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. Check it out for some awesome recipes made bit healthier! (not necessarily gluten free!)

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