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Re: [nafex] Making Grape Jelly
To make a fine Concord grape juice, the easy way: Put a handful of grapes in
a Mason jar, fill with boiling water and immediately screw on a tight lid.
No need to refrigerate to store. Let set for a couple of months to mature.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Doreen Howard" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 4:19 PM
Subject: Re: [nafex] Making Grape Jelly
> Have you thought of canning grape juice, too? It's great. You don't need
> pressure canner for juice or jelly. There is so much sugar in the juice
> jelly that spoilage is not a problem. About the consistency of your
> There is much natural pectin in Concord juice that you do not need to add
> any. But, the trick is to cook it down to the point where it is jelling
> the boiling form. The standard method of testing is called sheeting.
> a clean tablespoon and dip it into the cooking jelly. If the jelly rolls
> off the spoon when tilted, cook further. You want the jelly to sheet the
> spoon and remain--no dripping. That's the jelly stage. Then pour into
> sterilized jars, top with sterilized lids and rims, turn the jars upside
> down on a clean towel for 20 minutes and then turn upright. Within 10 to
> minutes, you will hear the tings and pops that mean the jars have sealed.
> All you need a kettle for is to sterilize the jars, lids and rings.
> Doreen Howard
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ward Barnes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Monday, August 13, 2001 2:55 PM
> Subject: [nafex] Making Grape Jelly
> >Hi NAFEX Pros:
> >This year finds me with an abundance of seeded Concord Grape and the need
> >great to make jelly and anything else I can do with them. In the past
> >I made grape jelly some jars came out fine, but, others were not as firm
> >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
> >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
> >past 3 days we have had 11 inches of rain and up to 5 more inches of rain
> >expected in the next 3 days as the thunderstorms roll through. What can
> >expect in the way of an impact on the grapes?
> >Ward Barnes
> >Costal Zone 7
> >Near the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay.
> >Wake, VA
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