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  • Writer's pictureAndrea Wenzel

Wild Grape Jam: Freeze or Water Bath Can


You will need:

Canning supplies or freezer containers

Fine mesh colander

Potato masher

Medium saucepan


10-12 cups of wild grapes

2 apples

5 cups of sugar

1 cup of Dutch Gel

4 tablespoons of lemon juice

1. Juice your grapes. These grapes have giant seeds for their size, and it was too much for my unit. Use caution! I tried to take the shortcut and throw the grapes into my Jack Lalane juicer, and it clogged up so bad I thought I'd lost it forever.

The best way to juice the grapes is to place them in the pan stems and all and cook them down on medium heat. I used a potato masher to smash and juice the grapes. If you're using grapes from the store, remove them from the vines.

2. Carefully strain the juice through a mesh colander and lightly press with the potato masher or ladle until you get 4 cups of liquid.

3. Place the juice into a saucepan; add lemon juice, sugar, and pectin.

4. Stir to dissolve the ingredients.

5. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir frequently.

6. Process for 10 minutes in a water bath canner or pour into a freezer-friendly container and freeze.

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