Huntress Heavenly CG JAM I have been making this jam for 3 or 4 years now and the only problem I have is that there is never enough. So this year I have tripled the batch and will do it twice yes it is heavenly!
The only changes I made were to use 9 lbs of grapes and 10 cups of sugar, and cook time was increased to 1.5 hours.
The grapes were measured after being washed, de-stemmed, and peeled. (this measurment includes the juice from the grapes) and 9 cups of sugar were added as the recipe calls for, when it calls for it. the tenth cup of sugar was added after an hour of cooking down. (at this point if it weren't hot one might be tempted to grab a straw. the reason for cooking down longer is because there is so much juice, but the flavor that comes from the reduction is how my jam got it's 2nd name Heavenly. Thank you DK for a great recipe!!
I processed in a pressure cooker because that is what I know, and trust.-for 15 min (but check your altitude) you can use a waterbath also. the shelf life on this from the test I did with last years batch is a year + but I can only say what I know. I had to hide a jar last year just to do the test. this is the reason for triple batches this year.
I got 7 pints, 12 half pints and 1 pint. My oldest grandson needs his own big jar lol.
Make this Jam you will be so happy you did. I am sure it will become a must have for your harvest cooking too.
You this was so good, and fun to make
It helps to combine well with the fruit since it dissolves better :) --DK
I don't Dina. The liquid is from the juice of the grapes themselves. --DK
I am glad it worked out for you Karen. Thank you :) --DK
The chunks are pretty soft enough to kinda melt in your mouth. But there are skins giving it a preserve like consistency instead of a smooth jam. If you think that would bother you enough to take away the joy, I would def suggest the immersion blender. --DK
Oh definitely yes! --DK
Thank you so much Kathleen Chester :) --DK
This recipe makes around 5 cups of Jam. So may be about 2.5 pints? :) --DK
For it to melt better and combine well Cynthia. --DK
Nothing beats nostalgia and I am so glad I was able to bring those though this :) --DK
Canning would make sure it lasts for months, even a year. If not, I find that it lasts me upto even 2 months. I have used it within that time, so not sure otherwise. –DK
I am so glad to hear it worked out great for you. Thank you for the feedback :) --DK
Nope, I didn't. It just juice of the grapes while I was squeezing out the skin. :) --DK
Awe..I am so lucky to have such a reader to give me feedback. Thank you so much :) --DK
aah. I am so jealous! Grapes right from the vine...how fresh can this jam get! --DK
I am so glad you liked it. This jam has become a fav in our house and I made them last week what with so many concord grapes making their way at my Farmer's market. :) --DK
Here is an interesting article on storage of Jams. Hope this is useful - http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/can_07/storing_jams.html