Friday, August 13, 2010

Grape Expectations

Last summer Jason planted 3 small grape vines in our backyard. This year, the vines were covered with gorgeous purple grapes.
So we spend one morning this summer picking grapes...
...lots of grapes...
...with our hands and with the help of a few tools.
After we collected two big bowls full of grapes,
we headed over to my parents' house to learn how to make....
...homemade grape jelly!
Concord Grape Jelly Recipe
{from the Sure Jell box}
Start with 3 1/2 lbs. Concord Grapes. Discard stems and place grapes in a big pot. Add 1 1/2 cups of water {or just enough to cover the grapes}. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Drail/strain juice using a cheesecloth {we used an old t-shirt}. Add 5 cups of the prepared juice, 7 cups of sugar, and one box of Sure Jell back to the pot {my dad also mixed in a little butter to keep the mixture from foaming}. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil on high heat for exactly one minute. Ladle the mixture into prepared jars, clean the rims of the jars, and screw the jar lid on tightly.


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19 comments:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Yay for you!! Those vines are gorgeous, and your jelly looks good. :)

Carrie said...

Oh, how fun! I love the look of grapevines...and so cool to pick them yourself in your own backyard! The jelly looks so good! Cute pictures!

Kelli said...

Yum...YUM. I LOVE grape jelly...it is by far my favorite. I may just have to try this next year in addition to my strawberry jam! Ha, and I remember the part about adding the butter. It really does keep down the foam. I just realized that you have over 700 followers...WOW!

He & Me + 3 said...

I see a giveaway in the near future...can you ship that stuff? YUM. Now i want to plant grape vines. Those look just like the store grapes. Good job Jason.

Quiet Footsteps said...

Wow! How fun! Those grapes look super yummy and make me want to plant some too!

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

My kids would LOVE grapes right out of the yard!! So jealous you have a green thumb:)

Melissa said...

Okay, that is super-duper cool. I bet it tastes fabulous too.

Kmama said...

Oh yum!! I bet homemade grape jelly tastes amazing!!

Kelly @ Blessed Mommy, Blessed Wife said...

Yum! Those grapes look so delicious and your photos are gorgeous as usual :)

Angie S said...

Seriously, grapes in your own backyard...I'm jealous! We love grapes :)

Nichol said...

Oh how great is that, in your own backyard! We have made all sorts of jams but never grape, looks yummy!

Foursons said...

Oh my gosh, that has got to be the best jelly ever. I don't think I've ever eaten grapes right off the vine, I imagine they are divine. I wonder if TX heat could handle growing grapes?

Darcie said...

That is so great Kelli! Your own grapes...how cool is that!! Enjoy your jelly. I can taste it now...PB&J.

Emily said...

YUMMMM-EEEEE!!! That is awesome. Are you going to plan more for next year?

Joanna said...

Yum!! Grape has always been my favorite! We think of making all types of jams and preserves but not one time have I thought that I could do grape! {until now!}

Dee said...

The grape vines are beautiful! We havent grown any since I was really little! Maybe next year!

Andrea said...

Wow, grape vines in your backyard!! How cool! I bet your jelly is so good!

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

That looks so yummy! How many jars does it fill?

Myya said...

You should totally use the leave & make Warqenabi (stuffed grape leaves). My mother in law basically just makes a mixure of rice, meat & spices inside of the leaves & then steams them. SO GOOD! Google stuffed grape leaves to get the recipe your family would like best. You can even pick the leaves & freeze them until you have more time to decide how you want to use them. Makes for a wonderful dish & what a great way to use your plant :)

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