Our Spiced Grape Jelly has an autumnal feel reflecting the harvesttime—with apple vinegar, cloves, and cinnamon. It tastes especially yummy with wild or Concord grapes. Often grape jelly can taste a little bland, but this recipe takes it up a notch!
In the American colonial days, this recipe was sometimes called “Venison Jelly” because it was a condiment for game. Spiced grape jelly does indeed go well with cooked meats as well as your regular morning toast!
1. Making the Juicee
- Wash and stem the grapes, place in a kettle or stainless-steel pot and crush thoroughly.
- Add the vinegar, cloves and cinnamon.
- Bring to a boil, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes stirring frequently to prevent from sticking.
- Place the crushed fruit in a dampened jelly bag or a colander or sieve lined with wet cheesecloth and strain out the juice. This may take 2 hours or more.
- Measure the juice and complete as follows …
Making the Jelly
- Place the juice and sugar in a large saucepan and stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil and at once add the bottled pectin, stirring constantly. Bring to a full rolling boil and boil for 30 seconds or until it reaches 220°F measured using a candy thermometer or jelly sheets off a spoon.
- Remove from heat and skim off any foam that forms. To prevent foam from forming add ½ teaspoon butter or margarine after you added the sugar.
- Ladle the hot grape jelly into hot, sterilized jars leaving ¼-inch of headspace.
- Wipe the rims of the jars and add lids that have been washed and dried. Add screw bands and tighten until fingertip-tight.
- Place jars on rack in boiling water bath canner and make sure they are completely covered with water (1-2 inches above the jars). Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Process ½ pints and 8 oz jelly jars for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid waiting 5 minutes, then remove the jars to a towel on the counter, and cool for 12 to 24 hours. Test sealing of jars by pressing lightly in center of lid and store jars that have sealed. Any jars that don’t seal may be refrigerated and used.