Easy Homemade Jelly: Canning Made Easy
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I have been helping my Mom can or preserve food since I was a little girl, and I bet a lot of you grew up helping your Moms as well. Recently I have found a new love for this and have jumped back in knee-deep! Today I am sharing a super easy Grape Jelly Recipe my family has been using for years. Since I decided to jump right in, I had all my new items delivered right to my front door with my Walmart+ membership ($35 order min. Restrictions apply), which is saving me time and money! Honestly, this membership has spoiled me rotten…and I’m not complaining, lol!
This is a very simple recipe for canning jelly that my mom taught me using bottled grape juice. This is not only a family favorite, but it makes great gifts (hint: Mother’s Day) to friends and family that are inexpensive but made with love! *This is hot water bath canning simplified. This recipe only has 3 ingredients, takes about 30 minutes, and yields 4 half-pints.
For years I have used a Water Bath Canner that was my mother’s, but this year I decided to invest in my own. This Granite Ware Water Bath Canner is a popular pick at Walmart, so I decided on this one. I also decided to get this pressure canner while I was stocking up!
I also use these jars to store salads for lunch or yogurt and granola for an afternoon snack. These lids by Ball are lifesavers!
*This is hot water bath canning simplified. This recipe only has 3 ingredients, takes about 30 minutes, and yields 4 half-pints. See half-pint jars here and pint jars here.
Easy Grape Jelly With Grape Juice
- 2 cups bottled unsweetened grape juice
- 3 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 (3 oz.) package of liquid pectin
- Combine grape juice and sugar in a large stock pot; bring it to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Stir in pectin; boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and skim off the white foam with a metal spoon.
- Pour hot jelly (quickly) into hot sterilized jars, leaving about 1/2 inch headspace (See all the needed accessories below).
- Wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids and bands. Process in boiling water bath for 5 minutes.
- Allow the jelly to cool. Once opened it can be kept for a month in the refrigerator.
Sterilizing Jars & Lids Before Canning
Wash jars and lids in soapy water and rinse well. Put jars on a rack, covered with water in a water bath like this; boil for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer. I put my lids and rims in another saucepan of simmering water until ready to use (not boiling). **Many people do this differently, but this is how we do it.
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Easy grape jelly recipe!
I love that we go back to doing things our mothers & grandmothers did!
Me too!! Since my brother broke his back last summer, he’s even been helping me. It’s bringing our family closer. Plus the food is soooo much better!!! I’m even growing a little garden. Who knew I would ever get here😂😂😂
It is!! And we use it throughout the year!! I’m on to bigger projects now lol