Wild Grape Jelly

READY IN: 24hrs 5mins
Recipe by Jan in Lanark

I'm posting this recipe to help myself and others avoid the frustration of searching through all my cookbooks and magazines every September! It's not a recipe you can find in the pectin inserts. Tried and true- another Canadian Living gem. Prep time includes overnight drip.

Top Review by rath800_7427585

I've used this recipe several times and my jelly has turned out perfect each time. I've canned for 30 yrs and this recipe is a great one. I've read some of the reviews on here and there are many reasons jelly won't set. Never double a jelly recipe, if your recipe calls for liquid pectin do not sub powder, they are made totally different and from different things, make sure once you add your pectin you bring it back up to a rolling boil for a full minute, this is a must. Hope that helps for those of you that had problems with this recipe. Happy canning!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 lbs wild grapes, stemmed
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 12 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.

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