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Grape Jelly Recipe

An easy to make grape jelly recipe using half of the sugar of standard grape jelly recipes.
Servings 12 half-pint jars


  • 5 lbs of grapes or 5 cups of all-natural, no sugar added grape juice
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 box no-sugar needed pectin plus ¼ of another box


  1. Wash the grapes. If making jelly from grape juice, skip to step 6
  2. In a large bowl, add enough grapes to fill the bottom of the bowl. Using a potato masher, crush the grapes.
  3. Add the crushed grapes to a large non-reactive stockpot. Repeat until all the grapes are in the pot.
  4. Add enough water to the pot just until the grapes are barely covered. Bring the grapes to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Pour the mixture into a jelly strainer or in a colander lined with cheesecloth over a large bowl. For best results let the mixture strain overnight.
  6. In a small bowl, add the pectin and ½ cup of sugar and mix together. Set aside.
  7. Place a metal spoon in a glass of ice water and set aside.
  8. Pour the strained grape juice into a large stockpot and add the pectin/sugar mixture. Over medium-high heat cook the juice until it begins to boil.
  9. Stir in the remaining sugar and bring it back to a rolling boil. Let it continue to boil for 1 minute and test the thickness using the cold spoon. Fill the teaspoon half full and set it on a plate. Once It cools to room temperature, turn the spoon sideways. If the gel has thickened to the desired consistency you can begin to fill the sterilized mason jars, leaving ¼ inch head space. If not, continue the boiling process and retest until it thickens.
  10. You can freeze the jelly in freezer-safe mason jars or process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes (adjusting for altitude as needed) for both half-pint and pint jars.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Make Your Meals