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Re: [nafex] Making Grape Jelly


Just made currant juice concentrate and bottled it.

6 quart dutch oven

3 liters of fruit
cover with water
simmer lightly till pulp separates from seeds
remove from heat and mash berries with potato masher
Bring to a boil
sieve/filter pulp from juice (your choice of technique)
For each 4 cups of sieved juice add 1 cup of sugar
Bring to a boil and boil for 15-20 minutes
pour into bottles and seal

When ready to use, add water, gingerale, etc. to taste.

The above recipe is for grapes, I doubled the water for currants as they
are much stronger in flavor.

During the winter I buy bottled tomato juice, and re-use the bottles for
canning juice concentrate I make in the summer.  You can re-use a glass
bottle a couple of times with no problem, as long as the lid/seal are
good.  A bottle that does not seal can be used right away, or re-boiled
and put in another bottle. (easy smeasy)

You could also freeze the juice in washed plastic pop bottles. (leave a
good air space for ice expansion).


Thomas Olenio
Ontario, Hardiness Zone 6a

On Mon, 13 Aug 2001, Ward Barnes wrote:

> Hi NAFEX Pros:
> This year finds me with an abundance of seeded Concord Grape and the need
> is
> great to make jelly and anything else I can do with them.  In the past
> when
> I made grape jelly some jars came out fine, but, others were not as firm
> as
> a good jelly should be.  Also the pot that I used to boil the jars in has
> developed holes in the bottom and needs to be replaced.  I looked at a
> pressure canner at the local hardware store and wondered if this is what
> I
> need.
> The grapes are about 5 to 7 days away from being "just right" after a dry
> summer where most of the lawn turned brown and the grapes thrived.  In
> the
> past 3 days we have had 11 inches of rain and up to 5 more inches of rain
> is
> expected in the next 3 days as the thunderstorms roll through.  What can
> I
> expect in the way of an impact on the grapes?
> Thanks,
> Ward Barnes
> Costal Zone 7
> Near the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay.
> Wake, VA
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