The grape jelly was our final recipe. It was different from the others because it was a jelly, not a jam. The consistency had to be different, so we used fruit pectin to thicken and solidify it. We were nervous that this wouldn’t work, but were pleasantly surprised with the result of the jelly.
- 3 cups of grape juice
- 5 1/4 cups of sugar
- 1 package of powdered fruit pectin
The blackberry jam is Grape’s personal favorite! It has some spices in it so instead of being too sweet, it has a lot of flavor. The cinnamon and allspice work really well with the blackberry, making it taste like a pie filling. The cooking process was very similar to the strawberry jam, this just had the spices and cornstarch. The slightly less sweet, more spicy jam was a winner to us!
- 4 cups of blackberries
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2 tbsp. of cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. of ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp. of lemon juice
For our first attempt at making jam, we used the following ingredients
- 2 lbs. of strawberries, hulled
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 4 cups of sugar
After mashing the strawberries, we mixed them together with the lemon juice and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat, eventually changing the heat to high and stirring as we watched the mixture reach a boiling point. This took about 10-15 minutes. There was a layer of foam that developed over the top of the mixture so we gently spooned that off. Then we poured the jam into a jar and let it settle in the fridge overnight.
The next day, we brought our strawberry jam in to class with some challah bread and crescent rolls to taste. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it, so we decided to follow through with this recipe as a part of our final flavor lineup.
Ally and Grace are two girls who have always loved jam. Whether it be grape, strawberry, blackberry, or raspberry; on biscuits, toast; with peanut butter or alone- jam has been a constant favorite of the two.
Neither girl has ever made her own jam before. This project seemed to be the perfect opportunity to learn how to do so.
Over the course of the upcoming month, Ally and Grace will test a variety of recipes and flavors, sample them to their classmates, listen to feedback, and execute a final product that is worthy of sitting right next to a jar of Smucker’s on the shelves of your local supermarket.
So jammit, let’s get started!
Grape and Jelly