Friday, September 2, 2011

Wild Grape Jelly.

This past weekend while out on a bike ride, my wife and I came across some wild grapes.  They were growing rampantly along a roadside fence in Campbellville.  There was a length of about 200 meters of beautiful bunches of grapes.  Having had a goal this summer to forage something and make a finished product.  While finishing up the ride, I decided to make jelly.  The following day I took a drive back with a bucket, and filled it to the brim with the slightly tart 1 cm wide grapes. After getting home I took to stemming them and was left with 7 lbs of grapes.  Online I found the following recipe on and set to work.

3 lbs wild grapes, stemmed
3 cups water
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 (85 ml) package liquid pectin

1. In large saucepan, crush grapes with potato masher; pour in water and bring to boil.
2. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes or until fruit is very soft.
3. Transfer to jelly bag or colander lined with a double thickness of fine cheesecloth and let drip overnight.
4. Measure juice (you should have 3 cups/750 ml) into a large heavy saucepan; stir in sugar.
5. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
6. Stir in pectin.
7. Return to full boil and boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly.
8. Remove from heat and skim off foam with a metal spoon.
9. Pour into sterilized jars, leaving 1/8-inch headspace.

In the end I made two separate batches (you should never double a jelly recipe, make batches), which made 12 250ml jars, and have 5 cups of juice left.  I might try to make a concentrate.  Growing up my grandpa would make this condensed juice.  You would add the contents of the small bottle and 4 equal parts of water and you would end up with delicious grape juice.  The jelly set, and its super sweet.   All in all it was a success.  Hopefully some more hikes and rides will open up some more of natures free goods ready for the picking.


  1. Really glad you liked my wild grape jelly recipe- I'm just making some now- we live in the ottawa area and there are lots of grapes this year-must have liked the dry summer. Anyway I posted that recipe years ago- I was always losing it! I made elderberry jelly for the first time this year with berries from shrubs on our property, and it's good- a little tarter than the grape.So if you see wild ripe elderberries, give it a try- they're much easier to clean as well- you use the tines of a fork ;-)

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I will definitely try the Elderberry jelly if I find some growing!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I love your post regarding foraging and making something from your harvest. I too live in the Ottawa area and this week made crabapple jelly from some fruit growing wild on a back road. There are grapes near us as well and now I might have to try using them too! thanks for the recipe.

  4. Tam, Thanks for the comments, That Crabapple Jelly looks perfect!! How is the taste, I remember trying to eat them as a kids, and SOUR!

  5. they sure are sour if you eat them off the tree, but the jelly is delicious. It also makes a great glaze for fruit tarts.

  6. I have been using this recipe in various forms for the last two years, thanks for posting. My kids are addicted :)

  7. I look this up every year, I make one batch before the first snow and one after, awesome!


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