Sorry Mr. Food, but I had to borrow your trademark phrase for my grape jelly.
So after I cooked the grapes last night, I put them in a strainer over a large bowl, covered them with a towel and let them sit in the refrigerator till I got home from work today. Picking the grapes, cleaning, pulling them off the stems, and cooking them was definitely the hardest part of the whole process.
Today I just had to add the sugar and stir constantly till boiling, then add the pectin, bring to a boil again and then put everything into the jars. I ended up with lots more jelly than I originally expected.
Once you get the jelly in the jars, it gets processed in a hot water bath for about 5 minutes. I sat and listened to all the jar lids seal as they cooled.
It has such a delicious flavor. There's definitely a different sort of tanginess than you get with any store-bought grape jelly (or at least the cheap grape jelly I buy at the store).
So as I'm making this jelly, I'm asking myself whether it's really worth the effort and what have I saved? Yeah, the grapes are organic, and I know exactly where they came from. There's quite a bit of sugar (not organic) in this jelly, but really I'm only eating a couple teaspoons of jelly at a time, so is it that bad? I'm not sure how much gas I used running a couple burners on the stove for half an hour. But, hey, I made it myself and it tastes SO GOOD! I'm excited that I have enough to give some away as gifts. Do people appreciate gifts like this? I like making gifts for people and that's where you can really save some money by not going out and buying stuff nobody wants or can't use.
Anyway, now I think I'm getting hooked on this jelly thing. I've still got all those highbush cranberries to pick after the first frost....but what about all those crabapples? The birds can't possibly eat that many, can they? I think I'd better go and buy some more jelly jars this weekend.
NOTE: I got this recipe from the internet, at the RecipeZaar site (here's the link).