Thursday, October 2, 2008

I Made Grape Jelly!

This is the tree that was covered in grapevines. The vines had pretty much killed the tree and we wanted to cut it down. I told my hubby that once it was down he could not finish cutting it up till I had gathered all the grapes.

Here is a pair of standard size scissors next to some of the grapes. They were really tiny grapes and most of the fruit was filled with a seed.

I collected a plastic grocery bag almost full of grapes still on their stems. Once they were cleaned and rinsed they looked like this.

First I froze the grapes overnight. That is a trick I learned a long time ago by accident. It helps the fruit to release more juice.
I followed it pretty exactly although I ended up with 4 1/4 cups of juice. I used 3 cups of juice to make the jelly and ended up with 6 jars of beautiful purple jelly!


Rosemary said...

I am impressed at your grape jam, gathering those tiny berries!

Barbee' said...

You are the first person I know of who made jelly out of the wild grapes. I didn't even know they are good to eat. Very interesting! Does the jelly taste like the grape jelly made with cultivated grapes? It surely is pretty. You are so smart!