Concord Grape Jelly

It’s almost Concord Grape season in our area.  I had one quart and one pint of homemade grape juice that we canned in 2015 left in the cellar.  Last night was the perfect night to process it into some beautiful, sweet grape jelly.

You can see how we process our jelly on an older post here:  Concord Grape Jelly

Grape Juice

This is the best grape juice you can have.  All natural, naturally sweet and full of the health benefits of purple grapes.

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To make our grape juice I use 12 cups of grape juice extracted (see how to do that here.)

12 cups pure grape juice

3 cups water

1 cup sugar (adjust to your taste if your grapes are sweet or tart)  There is no exact measurement as each batch of juice is different depending on the grapes.  I don’t even use sugar half of the time as the grapes are so sweet themselves.

Bring all to a boil and place into prepared jars.  Process for 10 minutes and store in dark cool place after cooled for up to 10 months (it won’t last that long 🙂 )

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Chicken Broth

chicken stock

Making your own chicken broth/stock is something you should do a few times a year and freeze.  It is healthier as it does not have sodium or any preservatives in it.  It is cost effective as you can use it anytime a recipe calls for chicken broth/stock and it cuts down on your cooking time of the actual meat you boiled.

Tonight we were having bone in chicken breasts on the grill so I boiled them for 20 minutes before grilling them.  I then put the stock into containers to freeze for whenever I need chicken stock or broth in a recipe.  (these containers are from wonton soup at the chinese restaurant and they work great!!).  I also use the stock to make a quick batch of chicken noodle soup whenever the mood strikes!!  You can then refreeze the soup in the same cleaned containers.

So the next time you are having chicken, take a few extra minutes and make your own natural stock.  It’s worth every penny saved!!