Wednesday, October 20, 2010

homemade grape jelly?? but of course!

Ok Ok Ok. I need to get a decent camera. Not having one prevents me from taking glorious photos of my glorious food to show off to my glorious friends and family. My beloved Scott, however, happens to have one o' them newfangled cell phones with a pretty high quality camera built right in.

Earlier this month, Scott and I discovered that our backyard was covered in concord grape vines. And what else does one do with five pounds of backyard grapes but to make homemade grape jelly? No, we had never made jelly before. And no, I did not have a canner. Yet. I did my research, bought a canner, some Certo gelatin, a whole bunch of sugar, and went to work.

This is pure, 100% fresh grape juice, boiling down before I add the Certo & sugar to the mix. The smell was intoxicating.

So, a few steps later... the filled jars are plunged into boiling hot water to both seal the cap and kill all dem germs! Yay, canning!!

The end result was a smooth jelly absolutely BURSTING with grape-y goodness!!!

And just like that, I discovered the ultimate Christmas presents for all of my loved ones!