Simple Concord Grape Jam

By • October 1, 2012 • 22 Comments



Author Notes: When I saw the contest was all about grapes I had to smile for the last week I have been making concord grape jam, first let me say I am not an adept canner or preserver, truth be told I have never done it before. This is a quick jam that sets in the refrigerator, I don't use pectin or any thickener just concord grapes, sugar, water and lemon juice. This jam is wonderful with an intense grape flavor that is unmistakably concord grapes. I have always loved grape jam and grew up on Welches and this is so much better, my grand daughter proclaimed that it's the best she has ever tasted. This recipe is so simple, almost too simple and I almost didn't enter it but thought why not its really good. If you know how to process jam by all means do it, this should be used within a month or so it never lasts longer than a week in my house.sdebrango

Makes 2 cups jam

  • 2 pounds concord grapes cleaned and removed from stems
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • juice of half a lemon
  • pinch of salt
  1. Place grapes, water, sugar, lemon juice and salt in medium size saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil then reduce heat to med/low and simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 hours or until it reduces by about a third and becomes noticeably thicker.
  2. While the jam is bubbling away, sterilize 3 half pint jars and lids, lay on clean tea towel to drain and dry.
  3. When jam is ready place a strainer on a large (8 cup) heatproof glass measuring cup or bowl, you want to remove the skins and seeds but retain the pulp so really stir it, scraping the bottom of the strainer occasionally. Return the strained jam to saucepan and on med heat let it simmer another couple of minutes, just so its hot. Pour into clean jars, put lid on and let come to room temperature and place in the refrigerator overnight. By morning you will have a thick jam.
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almost 2 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

I can smell the house while this is cooking... will try

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, let me know how you like it if you try!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

The jam looks delicious Suzanne! If you decide to make a larger portion and sterilize it, don’t close the lids, just place them on top of the jars; then place the jars in one layer in a large wide pot lined with a tea towel, poor hot water into the pot to the necks of the jars. Simmer on the lowest heat for 20 to 25 minutes; then immediately very, very carefully get the jars out of the pot ( it would help to use a special seizure) and then tightly close the lids. Let slowly cool to room temperature and then store.

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thank you Kukla, so you don't close the lids tightly when you put in the water bath. I didn't know that Next time I will try it. I need to get special tongs i think. I am working my way up to there, Thanks so much for the tip.

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almost 2 years ago ashleypiersonchasesdinner

Hello sdebrango! Can't wait to try this!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Ashley, so happy to see you thank you so much!

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almost 2 years ago Bevi

I love the simplicity of it!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Bevi, yes I do too!

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almost 2 years ago lapadia

Such a beautiful color!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Linda, isn't though!! So deep and rich and jewel like. It's really delicious too!

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almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh my! My grandmother grew Concord grapes and made grape jam all the time and as a kid it was such a treat to visit and have her "grape jelly sandwiches". And now you've given us all an easy recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Pat, I have such great memories of grape jelly or jam sandwiches. White bread, good butter and grape jam. So delicious. This recipe is so easy and it sets so beautifully in the refrigerator, makes me want to learn to can.

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almost 2 years ago Madhuja

This looks so delicious! I have never made jam before, but now I want to try it!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks Madhuja, I also had never made jam and was happy it was so easy to make and is so delicious,

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

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I have never made grape jam and now I want to! Nice teacup :-)

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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I had never made it before myself, I am addicted now, it's really good, Yes, that teacup was a gift from a good friend, I love it! :o)

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

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This is perfection. With toasted English muffins and a cuppa tea!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thanks so much, it was wonderful. Just the perfect snack!!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Wow! Welches watch out!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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LOL, it really is lovely, so intense but I am a huge fan of grape jam. One day I will learn to can or preserve, until then I just have to eat it pretty quickly.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Jam is a good place to start - just need a water bath & no fancy equipment. You should take the plunge so you have some nice hostess or other gifts to give (hint, hint)!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

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Thats what I thought, I am inching my way there. It's funny because I poured the hot jam into the sterilized jars and immediately closed the lids I guess the heat made them seal. Next step is the water bath, I will get up the courage. Just have to do a little research. Thanks for the nudge I know I have to do it,