Friday, September 27, 2013

Grape Jam - Entertaining and Educational - Sept 27

Fall is in the air and many of us are keeping busy with fall crafts. We have finally had a successful jam making experience. Here's what has happened in the past:

Peach Jam - Edible, but very runny (2007?)
Currant Jam - Edible, but very runny - spoiled after a week in the refrigerator (June 2013)
Grape Jam - Success! (September 2013)

 The grape vines in our back yard are filled with both purple and green grapes. They are tiny and full of seeds, but very tasty.

 The grapes were washed and picked from the stem. They measured 5 cups.

Next, one-half cup of water was put in the steamer and they were steamed for about 20 minutes.

This is what was left in the steamer and discarded.

One packet of gelatin, two tablespoons of lemon juice and one-half cup of sugar was added to the liquid and boiled for about 12 minutes while being continuously stirred.

When the contents were poured into the jar (yes, we made one jar), they were very runny, and I thought we had another failed experiment............. but,

The next day it was actually gel and tasted great. The best part is, since there's only one jar it won't go bad.

Since that went well, today we tried making jam again. This time we made plum, and filled five jars. It isn't yet known if the plum will be a success.

What Entertaining and Education fall activities have been keeping you busy?

Last week Capri +3 linked up a cute craft that lets kids make their palm prints into pumpkins and other shapes.

Feel free to link-up any post that entertains kids while they learn.

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  1. Looks like fun! Too bad no one hear would eat it!

  2. Never thought of grape jam, I bet it is wonderfully sweet

  3. Congratulations on your successful jam! I'm impressed. I've managed a few bags of pear sauce for the freezer but no jam so far.
    Thanks for hosting the link-up.


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