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canning, demystified

our grapes

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homemade grape jelly!

homemade grape jelly!

I have wanted to learn how to preserve food by canning for a little while now. My first experience with canning was making cinnamon plum jam last year with Melinda (yum!), but I still haven't tried it on my own yet.

Last weekend, Melinda and her friend Jen, had me over to can 2 bushels of tomatoes! 2 bushels = 106 lbs of tomatoes, and we peeled and canned all of them! I will show you all the goodies we made when I go to pick up the jars next week!

After working on 2 bushels of tomatoes with friends, I was confident to try this on my own. A couple of days ago, I picked 4 lbs of
grapes from our backyard (they are ripe now!) and successfully made grape jelly! The outcome is such a beautiful shade of purple!

If the squirrels haven't gotten to all of them yet, I still have some grapes left. I hope to make grape juice with the remainder of our crop!

14 comments:

  1. YUM! Celine, you're such a pro now! It was so much fun canning this week! I can't wait to try out our wares! xo

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  2. PS - is that one of Nikole's spoons??

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  3. IMPRESSIVE!
    Great work. I wanna taste.

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  4. homemade grape jelly! doesn't get any better than that. how lovely is it that you have grapes in your backyard :)

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  5. Wow, looks great, and the photos are great.
    Happy Weekend!

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  6. wonderful!
    i have been meaning to make my own too:)
    i want to try almond apricot

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  7. wow! this looks very good! how i wish we still had a garden. we used to have mango and passion fruit trees...but that was a long time ago...

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  8. Looks lovely! Now I feel the need to recreate my grandmother's red currant + raspberry jam from my childhood.

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  9. I love this. so inspiring and yummy.

    xxx kissmequick

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  10. Your grapes and especially your jelly are so beautiful! I really like the photos

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  11. bonnieeeeeeee9/06/2010 11:22 AM

    THE GRAPES they look so plump and juicy and delicious aaaaaah!! I am so impressed that you didn't just eat the grapes as they were! But then again them mason jars look so adorabl! I'd totally want to off appetite to fill them with adorable jelly!! :D

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  12. Your grape jelly looks so yummy! We have grapes in our backyard thanks to our neighbour's fruitful vine. I may just have to make a little batch this weekend.

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