Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Concord Grape Jam

During my college years I practically lived off of peanut butter and jelly.  It wasn't out of desperation or lack of money, I just loved the taste of (crunchy) peanut butter combined with grape jelly.  Whether for breakfast or lunch, even sometimes dinner, this combination filled me up and really wasn't a guilty meal when using natural peanut butter and jelly.  And then of course comes the grape jelly made from the Concord Grape. I have confessed my love for this fruit a few times, but I wanted to be able to say that I could make my own natural Concord Grape Jam in my own kitchen.  I was pleasantly surprised just how easy it is to make your own - the only time consuming part is removing the seeds from the skin.  This jam is the perfect partner to a peanut butter sandwich (of course) or spooned atop Greek yogurt or dolloped on a crusty baguette. Luckily, these grapes haven't even reached their peak season, so a few more batches might be in order.  Continue for more...  

A Few Things: It is always best to taste what you are making and adjust the sugar accordingly.  These grapes were so perfect, they required very little sugar. I always add less in the beginning rather than adding more, my recipe used on 1/2 cup and it was the perfect ration of 'grapiness' to sweetness.  If you are looking for another recipe that includes the Concord Grape, try my recipe for Concord Grape Muffins - they are delicious!

*Photography and Styling by Alison 
**Recipe adapted from Epicurious


  1. This looks amazing! Love your styling, too.

  2. grape the savour
    happy day

    NEW POST!!!

  3. Alison, it looks very appetizing and I confess you just made me very hungry. Would love to taste the grape jam:) Kisses! xo

  4. Yum! I would buy your grape jam in a store!

  5. wait.. i had a pb&j sandwich for breakfast this morning! i'm also a huge fan of crunchy peanut butter with grape jam.

    this looks SO yummy. need to try it one day! :)

    & Pretty Things

  6. I was never a jelly or jam fan growing up, but I've definitely learned to love fresh ones like this as I've gotten older. So yummy, Alison!

  7. I don't know why but I never tried to make jam even if I like it ...
    This is something that is still on my "to do" list and that I hope to do soon.
    So thanks for the recipe!

  8. This looks so yummy! I never had grape jam before, but I really want to try it now :D Thanks for the recipe

  9. So funny my mom went apple picking with my nephews and made some homemade apple sause and gave me some tis the season! Yes I hope to do a post on the conference and hopefully you can get to it next year.

    Ali of Dressing Ken

  10. yum!!! I adore a good PB and J.....and it would be extra gourmet with this jam! Delish!! and the photos are beautiful!

  11. This looks absolutely delicious I will definitely try it out! I don't know why but it has never occurred to me before to make my own jam..


  12. Oh my, that looks so good! I'm actually craving PB & J now after reading this... Plus, I've never made jam before, so I might have to give it a go :)