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Grape Jam, No Canning Involved

Posted by Hilary on September 26, 2011

No posts for over a year. Oops. I’ll try to be better. But hey, I made grape jam! This stuff has only 2 ingredients: grapes and sugar. Right up my alley. I started with about 2 pounds of seedless grapes, mostly smaller Concord grapes, but I threw in a few table grapes on top.

Simmer the grapes on medium heat with 3/4 cup water for about 20 minutes. Apparently some people will peel the grapes and then add the skins back in later. This sounds like something I would never even consider doing. So, I didn’t– and my jam didn’t suffer for it. You’ll notice that a lot of the skins fall off while you’re simmering and stirring the grapes and water. See:

After the simmering, remove from heat and puree (to desired consistency) with a hand blender. Add 2/3 cup sugar (more or less to desired taste) and put back on heat to simmer for about 25 minutes. Cool, store, and refrigerate overnight. It will thicken a little bit after being in the fridge overnight. If you want something more jelly-ish, you can add pectin. Grapes naturally have quite a bit of pectin, which is why you don’t have to add more unless you want to. I prefer the simplicity of the grapes + water + sugar recipe.

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