Grape Jelly

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Is it worth canning if you have to buy the fruit?

I have a fondness and a nostalgia for Concord grapes. Growing up, we had loads of them growing on the stonewalls lining the driveway to my grandparent’s farm. Every September , we would pick and pick and gorge ourselves on grapes picked as we walked up and down the lane, so much sometimes our fingers stained purple. Boxes and boxes of them would be heaped into the house, and placed in the porch until Gram could deal with them.

fresh sourdough sandwich bread just waiting for the jelly to be spread

Grape juice, grape jelly, cold storage, wine, snacks for us to take in our lunches to school……we couldn’t get enough because we knew it wasn’t going to last. And it didn’t. And now there are very few of those 100 year old vines left and they are diseased.

So when I seen these organic Concord grapes at the local store for $4.99/2L box, you can be darn sure that even though I only went in for lemon juice, I came out with 4 boxes of these.

I used 2 boxes to crush and strain the juice, and then added add pectin and organic cane sugar. We buy the sugar in 50lb bags 2 times a year so roughly $1.25 for sugar and pectin I got on sale last year for $1.00 a box. The jars and lids and rings I had.

So total cost of the batch was $12.25

And I got 10 jars of grape jelly at $1.23/jar.

You can’t find organic grape jelly for under $6 a jar.

So was it worth it financially? Absolutely.

Although the memories that came with it are priceless to me.

Sometimes we preserve food with the heart.

PS Because I love you, I’ll give you Grammie’s secret for killer sweet and sour meatballs: she always added a jar of grape jelly! We still do this ❤️

Love Jenn xx

Grape Jelly

Made with Concord Grapes
Course Snack
Servings 7 250 mljars


  • 5 cups organic concord grape juice see below for how to make
  • 1 box powdered pectin
  • 6 cups organic cane sugar


  • Prepare jars, rings, lids and waterbath canner.
  • In a large saucepan, bring grape juice to a boil, add pectin and return to a boil for one minute.Whisking frequently.
  • Add sugar and bring to a boil again. Working quickly, skim off the foam and pour into prepared jars with 1/2 inch headspace .
  • Wipe rims of jars with vinegar, and put lids and rings on, finger tight. Process in a waterbacth canner for 10 minutes.


To Make 5 cups of Grape Jelly, you will need 4 Litres of grapes, approximately. 
To make the juice, bring grapes with most of the stems off, to a boil in a large pot with 2 cups of water. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes more, until most of the grapes are crushed.
With a piece of cheesecloth and a strainer over another large pot , pour the grapes and juice into the strainer so the juice goes through the cheesecloth. Tie up the cheesecloth  on a drawer handle to hang and put pot underneath. Leave for 2 hours up to overnight.
Discard pulp to chickens or compost.
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