Homemade Grape Jelly

Last time I showed you how to make homemade Strawberry Jam, so this week I’ll show you how to make Grape Jelly! We did this at our Keepers Meeting the same night as the jam, and though I prefer the jam, my son loved this so for all you jelly lovers out there, here goes!

What’s that? You don’t know the difference between Jam and Jelly?

  • Jam is made by boiling fruit and does have fruit bits.
  • Jelly is made from fruit juice and so has no fruit bits.

Okay, now that we have that out of the way, we can continue on. This is a bit more involved, but still fairly easy. Again, this is NOT a canning recipe, just one for the refrigerator. Are you ready?


  • 3 1/2 lbs seedless grapes (washed and sliced in half )
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 box fruit pectin
  • 1 1/2 cups water


  • Potato Masher
  • Large Sauce Pan
  • Glass jars with lids (Recipe makes about 8 cups, or 5 pint sized jars)
  • Medium Bowl
  • Metal Spoon
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cheese Cloth (Can be found everywhere, even Home Depot!)


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STEP 1: Place grapes in large bowl and mash with potato masher until very liquidy (is that a word?)

STEP 2: Place grape mixture in large sauce pan and add 1 1/2 cups water. Put on stove and bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

STEP 3: Place 3 layers of cheese cloth in large bowl and pour prepared fruit into cheese cloth. Gather ends of cheese cloth and hold over bowl squeezing out all the yummy juices into the bowl.

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STEP 4: Measure 5 cups of prepared juice into sauce pan (can add up to 1/2 c water if you don’t have enough grape juice)

STEP 5: Stir in 1 box of pectin into the grape juice mixture in the sauce pan and bring mixture to full rolling boil on high heat stirring constantly. DO NOT WALK AWAY this will boil over quickly!

STEP 6: Once mixture reaches full boil, stir in sugar, yes all 7 cups, return to full boil and boil exactly 1 minute stirring constantly.

STEP 7: Remove from heat and pour into jars and seal with lids. After cooling place in refrigerator for up to 3 wks.

STEP 8: Enjoy! Now go have a piece of chocolate for being AWESOME!


  • Stephanie August 18, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Great post! We really like grape jelly. I've really been wanting to make my own but wasn't sure if I could do it. Seeing these instructions, I think I can!I'll have to check HD for cheesecloth. I've been looking for a few weeks at the various stores I regularly shop at (Target, Publix, Sam's Club) and haven't seen it anywhere.

  • Coby August 18, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Awesome! I was just looking for a recipe for homemade grape jelly! Can I throw in a tip? I make my own yogurt, and got tired of buying cheesecloth all the time. A friend (I think you know her from scrapgirls -Melissa Renfro) suggested using one of your husband's old white undershirts to strain the yogurt instead. Just cut it off below the armpits, lay it over your strainer, and voila! No need to keep buying cheesecloth since you can just wash it and reuse it!

  • Rachael August 18, 2010 at 7:20 am

    We are going to do this!!! Thanks!

  • melismama August 18, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan August 18, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Which is more nutritious…strawberry jam or jelly. Always unsure which one to get at the Farmers Market. Thanks!

  • Sophie August 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Grape jelly is my favourite! I love it on a bit of toast in the morning, nothing better really! Thanks for sharing.Sophiehttp://wakegirls.blogspot.com

  • Lissa Lou August 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I just found your blog through a friend and I am loving it! The homemade Jelly idea would be so much fun for me and my girls to do. Thanks for sharing. ~Lissa Louwww.randomlyrambling.com

  • Amy August 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Thank you for another great idea!! I just left you an award at http://5littleteeth.blogspot.com/2010/08/my-first-award.html!

  • Confessions Of A Homeschooler August 19, 2010 at 8:12 am

    SUSAN: Well, they both have A LOT of sugar, so I'm not sure either are very nutritious but maybe the Jam since it has actual chunks of fruit in it. Keep in mind though that the homemade version is healthier than store bought as it has preservatives, coloring and other bad things I can't pronounce!

  • Felicity August 21, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Aha! Now I know the difference between jelly and jam. I live in South AFrica and we don't get jelly here (unless it's imported). Thanks for the clarification. 😉

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