• Homemade Grape Jelly

    Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}

    Ever since I can remember, my family has gathered together every fall to pick grapes in my grandparents’ backyard.
    It is a tradition that I look forward to every single year.

    When I was a girl, my grandparents had a huge garden and lovely orchard with grape vines running the whole length of the back fence. It was a magical world where my cousin and I would play. We would build forts in the trees and search under the vines for snails and snakes. Occasionally we would find a lost bunny or cat, but the snakes were our favorite. My grandmother was deathly afraid of anything that slithered so we would chase her with them, laughing as she screamed.
    Rotten little stinks!

    While Grandpa flood irrigated the yard, we would slosh around in our bare feet. We were his “best helpers”.
    He cut small pieces of wood for each of us and we would surf on them across the waterlogged grass.

    I didn’t know it then, but I realize now that I was living a storybook childhood.

    Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}

    Year after year we gather at the vines with apple baskets and old wash tubs to harvest. Someone inevitably get a snail placed in their hair or comes face to face with Charlotte and her web. Year after year we continue to go back and each time brings new growth as my brothers and cousins marry, and new great grand-babies are born.

    The garden has long been replaced by a parking lot and the snakes are a distant memory but the beautiful vines full of fun and memories remain.

    Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}

    It’s funny how something as simple as snails, time with family, homemade grape jelly, and old tea towels can resonate in your soul.
    These are the things my dreams are made of.

    Thank you Grandpa and Grandma for your time, your love, the memories… everything.

    Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}
    Homemade Grape Jelly
    Print Recipe
    Making your own homemade grape jelly is easy, quick, and delicious!
    Servings Prep Time
    7 cups 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 24 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    7 cups 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 24 hours
    Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}
    Homemade Grape Jelly
    Print Recipe
    Making your own homemade grape jelly is easy, quick, and delicious!
    Servings Prep Time
    7 cups 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 24 hours
    Servings Prep Time
    7 cups 15 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    15 minutes 24 hours
    Ingredients
    Servings: cups
    Instructions
    1. Gather supplies, wash jars, and simmer lids.
      How to make homemade grape jelly {Gypsy Magpie}
    2. Add juice and pectin in a large pot. Heat on High. Stir until pectin is dissolved. Add butter if desired. Bring to a rolling boil.
      How to make homemade grape juice {Gypsy Magpie}
    3. Stir in full measure of sugar all at once.
      How to make delicious homemade grape jelly {Gypsy Magpie}
    4. Return to a full roiling boil that can't be stirred down and cook for 2 minutes while stirring constantly.
    5. Ladle into clean glass jars. I like to use pints for my family, because we go through it fast, and pretty half pints for gifts.
      How to make homemade grape jelly {Gypsy Magpie}
    6. Wipe rims. Place lids (that have been simmered) on jars and screw bands over the top, finger tip tight.
    7. Process for 5 minutes, adjusting time to your altitude. Remove jars and cool completely, then let stand for 24 hours.
      Homemade grape jelly {Gypsy Magpie}
    8. Keeps about a year, if it doesn't get devoured by then.
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    Homemade Grape Jelly {Gypsy Magpie}

    Jelly is set and I’m hungry!
    Bring on the hot fresh bread and peppermint tea.

     

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  • Becky @ lovetobeinthekitchen
    1 October 2015
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    What a fun and special tradition of picking grapes! This recipe looks fabulous!

  • Aliza B
    4 October 2015
    Reply

    My girls love grape jelly so I will save this to make for them next year when I have some empty jars (mine are full of Peach Vanilla Cinnamon jam right now). Family traditions are so important. You can share with your children the fun and wonderful memories that you had when little, and make some new ones with them doing the same things.
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    • Missy
      7 October 2015
      Reply

      Peach vanilla cinnamon sounds wonderful!