Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Homemade Grape Jelly From Grape Juice Recipe

My kids are on a no high fructose corn syrup or food dye diet, so I have to make many of their favorite foods.  Homemade jelly sounds difficult, but it is very easy to make.  Promise.  I made two batches tonight in under an hour including clean up.  I make my grape jelly with grape juice, so it takes even less time than making other jellies or jams.

If you buy a box of Sure Jell from the store, it really isn't cheaper to make your own , but the taste is worth it.  I am fortunate enough to live by Amish country, so I buy pectin in bulk.  A 1.75 ounce box of Sure Jell is $2.99 at the grocery store.  A 1.78 pound bag of bulk pectin is $5.14!  If you do buy bulk pectin, 1/3 of a cup equals one box of Sure Jell.


I use the quick and easy freezer jelly recipe from Sure Jell.  I have done cooked jelly, but the quick version is just as tasty.  It doesn't set up quite as hard, but it definitely works for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups grape juice
  • 5 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 box Sure Jell or 1/3 cup bulk pectin

Directions

1.  Measure sugar and juice in two separate bowls.
2.  Pour juice into sugar and stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved.  Let sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3,  In small saucepan, coming 3/4 cup water and pectin.  I start this about 5 minutes after I combine the juice and sugar.  Heat on high until boiling, stirring constantly.  Boil for one minute while you stir.  
4.  Stir pectin into the juice and sugar mixture.  Stir for at least three minutes until you can't see any sugar granules.  
5.  Pour into clean containers.  Your jelly will expand when it freezes, so leave about 1/2 an inch for expansion.  
6.  Let sit at room temperature for about 24 hours until set.  Then store in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or freeze up to a year.  

The last photo shows how much I made in one batch.  I could have filled them a little more so I didn't have a partial container, but I was making another batch.  My favorite storage containers are the frosting containers because the lids fit snug, but I also use butter, dip, sour cream, or deli containers.  

If you've never made homemade grape jelly from grape juice, you are in for a treat!  You may never buy store-bought jelly again.  In just under an hour, I made jelly to last about 4 months with no high fructose corn syrup, no food dyes, no chemicals, and no preservatives.