August 21, 2009
my grandmother’s yard is immaculate. apple trees, pear trees, black berries, grape vines.. you name it- she’s got it. early this week she gave me 3 pounds of grapes and together we made grape jam- a first for both of us!
look at all of these beautiful grapes! did i mention they were organic?
vines and vines galore..
these are her vines post-harvest, still so beautiful aren’t they?
here she is! my grandmomma- hard at work!
(that’s me in my yellow apron!) here’s for the recipe:
- 3lb grapes
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1 box of pectin- organic if you can find it!
- 7 cups of sugar
1) wash your grapes- really well! then separate the pulp from the skin. sorry i don’t have a pic- but it’s easy! all you have to do is squeeze the grape and… POP! out comes the pulp (don’t worry about the seeds). keep the skins in one bowl and the pulp in another.
that’s three generations in one kitchen!
2) cook the pulp in a big pot for about 30 minutes, just to get them really soft and juicy. while they’re cooking, you can blend all of the skins in the blender.
3) after the pulp has cooked, place a few cups at a time into a colander (small enough to catch the seeds!) and whisk it around with a spoon until all the good stuff sifts through- just make sure no seeds are sneaking through! then, you can combine the sifted pulp with the blended grape skins.
remember me mentioning my bird’s nest? you can almost see it here in all it’s glory…
4) take 5 1/2 cups of the grape mixture, add 1 cup of water, 1/2 tsp of ginger, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon and 1 box of pectin. stir together and put over high heat and bring to a boil.
5) meanwhile, make sure to sterilize your jars- click here for the know-how.
(isn’t she cute?) 6) when your mixture is boiling, add your 7 cups of sugar (i know, gasp) all at once. bring back to a rolling boil, and then take it off the heat- it’s time to start canning!
7) once the heat is off, you can start ladling the *deeelicious jam into your sterilized jars. leave about a 1/2″ space at the top and seal with your lid. once they start cooling, they will all seal, and you’ll have jam all year long! yay!
don’t worry it can get a little messy..
i thought i could finish with a pic of david with jam all over his face from our morning pancakes, but i’ll spare you.. :)
hope you all have a great weekend! and let me know if you have any questions! love, bonnie