Making jelly is much easier than I thought and I find myself wondering why I waited so long. However, after having to strain all my raspberries through cheesecloth to make my raspberry jelly I decided I did not like that part of the process at all. I knew I needed some help and after a little research ended up splurging and ordering the Roma Food Strainer & Sauce Maker (And I also ordered the additional strainer attachments for berries and grapes.). Making the grape jelly is pretty much the same as making my Homemade Raspberry Jelly, the only difference being the quantities that go into the recipe and the fact that getting the juice out of the grapes was so much easier! The really big bonus for me was that the grapes were FREE! I picked them ripe off the vine in my yard :-)
The Ball Classic Pectin recipe on the label does not give the amounts required for making grape jelly so I had to use their Pectin Calculator. It's a very simple and helpful way to get the exact ratio of juice/pectin/sugar that is necessary for any fruit you want to do. They also have a lot of other recipes available if you are combining fruits or are making herb jellies (mint for example).
FYI the jelly does NOT come out purple! My husband was a little upset at first, but after he tasted it he realized it tasted just like the regular grape jelly from the store. It's funny how we get used to things being a certain way.
Check out the Free Grape Jelly Labels at the bottom of this post!
How to Video (written instructions and pictures are below)
Grape Jelly Recipe:
Problems, Questions, or Want to Learn More?
Check out Simply Canning for help with Water Bath Canning.
Check out The National Center For Home Food Preservation.
Free 4 ounce Jar Printable labels!
This is a pdf file that is designed to be used with Avery White Address Labels 5160/8160 size 1" x 2 5/8".
Print a full sheet of labels, write in your name and the date, and choose to cut it out on the line or not!
Click on the pictures or button below to download the pdf file.
I am really glad I purchased the products above and can vouch for them 100%! They made the process so much easier and in turn more pleasant. Check them out by clicking on one of the two pictures above or one of these two links: Roma Food Strainer or Roma Strainer Accessory Kit at Amazon (affiliate links).
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!