Quick like a bunny

Quick like a bunny

Monday, March 19, 2012

Black Grape Jam Recipe

Oh so easy and better than any store purchased grape anything.
After using some of the grapes for my sons class and eating them. I noticed they were starting to get soft and looking like they were starting to shrivel. I thought about the recipes I could make, but jam was the best and easiest. I say but because I do not like grape jam or jelly.  I did until I made home made grape jam. Jelly is of only the grape juice and jam is of the whole grape, not including the seeds. Simple right? As long as you have seedless grapes.

Take some grapes and put them into a pot. fill the pot of grapes up with water. Just to the top of the grapes. heat and bring mix to a boil. Then lower the heat to medium and cook about 15-20 minutes.

If your grapes had seeds you will need to strain the boiled mix into a Steel mesh strainer that goes into a bowl. Use a utensil to push the grape liquid and skin through.

If your grapes do not have seeds take a hand blender and mix in the pot, or cool and mix in a blender.

When the grapes are blended and de-seeded, put grape pulp and liquid back into pot. If in the pot, then keep them there. Now add some sweet of choice. Brown sugar, powder sugar, granular sugar, honey, maple syrup, corn syrup are all good choices and will give a unique flavor. Add 1/2 a cup at a time and taste as you go. Take a lemon and shred the skin on the smallest grater holes you have on your hand grater. Or use zester of choice. I do not have the exact amount because it would very to the amount of grapes used. This is where you guesstimate, tasting along the way. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

You can put these into prepared canning jars and process or let cool and poor into glass jar or jars with tight fitted lid. Store in fridge for about 2 months or in the freezer for up to a year.

I ate toast topped with organic virgin coconut oil and my home made Black Grape Jam. The jam is so mild and delicious. I am now temped to buy a grape vine.