When I was little, creamy peanut butter and concord grape jelly sandwiches were a staple in my diet. In those days I had no idea how to create a Concord Grape Jelly Recipe. I had never even seen a real concord grape until I got married, my mom only bought green grapes when I was a kid.
Every year when the concord grapes start to come in, my husband buys as many as he can because they seem to disappear quickly, maybe that is why we never had them growing up.
This year we bought so many that we decided to make our own Concord Grape Jelly Recipe and since I love creating healthy recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I was able to make this Concord Grape Jelly using only two ingredients, without adding in any sugar.
After finding an ad that claimed you could pick five gallons of Concord Grapes for just five dollars, we were willing to take the Craigslist challenge and headed out to Palo. When we pulled into the driveway we could spot the vines full of concord grapes and the owners nearby, it seemed we were going to win the challenge because there were indeed grapes to be picked and the owners seemed harmless.
It was the greatest deal you could ever hope for on Concord Grapes, they even let us keep the five-gallon bucket we filled up.
We only needed the one bucket because we knew that we couldn’t possibly eat all of these Concord Grapes before they went bad. That’s when I decided to make some Concord Grape Jelly but I didn’t want to add sugar and I could not find any Concord Grape Jelly Recipes on Pinterest that didn’t require sugar.
So I played around in the kitchen, one of my favorite things to do by the way, and I created this Concord Grape Jelly Recipe without using any sugar.
I started by adding all of the concord grapes to a pot and cooked on high until the grapes started to boil, stirring to keep the grapes from burning to the bottom.
The grapes will begin to burst and spill the juice into the pot as it heats up as well as when stirred. You can press the spoon against the grapes to make the juicing of the grapes process happen faster.
Lower the heat to medium and place a lid on top of the pot. Cook for about 2 hours, stirring on occasion to prevent burning to the bottom of the pot.
Allow the grapes to cool, at this point they will resemble a grape juice more than grapes but there will still be grape skins and seeds. Once it has cooled for about a half an hour, use a strainer to separate the grape skin and seeds from the juice and then pour the juice portion into an airtight container.
I used the back of a measuring spoon because it fits well into the mesh strainer and pressed the grapes to push the juice through.
Add one packet of gelatin for every cup of grape juice, stirring well then allowing to cool in refrigerator. The grape jelly will thicken as it stands and the more gelatin you use, the thicker it will be.
Be careful not to add too much gelatin as it can throw the consistency off, allow for the jelly to thicken over time, you can always add in more later if needed.
Store jelly in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. I have read a lot of food bloggers claims that they freeze their jelly, I have not tried this yet but if we pick up more Concord Grapes, I think I may give it a try and let you know how that turns out.
For those of us who are trying to stay away from regular bread or following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, this flourless bread is a perfect option to spread the Concord Grape Jelly on.
I hope you enjoy this Concord Grape Jelly Recipe and please remember to share it with your friends on social media.