Canning Grape Jelly

Canning grape jelly. Learn how to can grape jelly like grandma used to make. Easy recipe for beginning canners.

How to Can Grape Jelly


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My family didn’t used to be a big fan of jelly, so I never was in the habit of making it. I was able to get a large quantity of grapes last year for free, however, so I decided to try making homemade grape juice and grape jelly. Grape jelly is now one of my favorite top 10 easy homemade jelly recipes for beginning canners.


Homemade jelly takes a little longer to make than jam. Jam still has chunks of fruit and seeds in it, and with jelly, you strain all that stuff out until you have a clear liquid. Many people prefer jelly to jam (although I am a jam fan myself!).


It isn’t really hard to make jelly if you have the right equipment. You are definitely going to want to get a jelly bag to make your life easier.


Step by Step Canning Video

New to jelly making? Watch me can grape jelly in this step by step video.

Grape Jelly Recipe


  • 5 lb. grapes
  • 7 c. sugar
  • 1 box powdered pectin
  • 1/4 tsp. butter (optional)


You can use green or purple grapes to prepare this recipe. Rinse grapes. Place in a large stock pot and add just enough water to cover grapes. Simmer for 10 minutes, until grapes are soft. Mash grapes with a potato masher.


Place grapes in a jelly bag to strain juice. Measure 5 c. juice, adding a little of water if necessary to make exactly 5 cups.


Combine grape juice and pectin in a large sauce pan. Stirring constantly, heat until boiling.


Add the butter and return to a boil. Add the sugar. Return to a boil and boil for one minute.

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Canning Instructions


Remove the pan from the heat. Remove any foam with a metal spoon. Ladle the jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. You can easily measure the head space with this inexpensive canning funnel.


Wipe the rims of the jars with a damp kitchen towel or paper towel. Place sterilized lids and rings on the jars finger tight.


Place jars in boiling water canner and make sure the jars are covered with at least 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil. Process jars in boiling water canner for 5 minutes.


Remove the jars from the canner and place on a towel on the kitchen counter to cool.


Yield: 4 pints or 8 half-pints


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If you live about 1,000 feet in elevation, download this altitude adjustment chart to find out how long you need to process the jars to can this recipe.


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Easy recipe for canning homemade grape jelly.

Canning grape jelly. Learn how to can grape jelly like grandma used to make. Easy recipe for beginning canners.

Easy recipe for canning grape jelly.
Easy recipe for canning grape jelly.

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18 Comments on "Canning Grape Jelly"

    1. Hi! Just place it in the refrigerator like you normally would when getting a jar out to eat. It will last months in the refrigerator, but it does need to be put in the refrigerator right away.


  1. Thank you SO much for answering all of those questions! I, too, had questions about amount of pectin, draining water and the amount of sugar…so thanks again…attempting now. 😉


  2. Do I mash the grapes in the water they were simmered in or do I pour that water out before mashing them. Also is this the same way with juice?


    1. Hi! No, you don’t want to pour out the water they are simmered in. I dump it all in the jelly strainer bag. There is rarely enough juice in the grapes themselves…it is okay to have some water mixed in. Same with juice. After I extract the juice from the grapes I actually add quite a bit of water to the juice since it is so concentrated. But you don’t have to add the extra water, you could always add the water after canning if you want to dilute the juice. Here is my recipe for canning grape juice.


    1. Hi Nancy, the sugar helps the pectin set, so if you reduce the sugar the jelly will not set properly. There is a low sugar pectin you can buy though, that is made for making jams and jellies with less sugar.


  3. Wondering if you can use the steamer when I make grape juice I use the steamer and then I bought all the the juice I’m wondering if you can do the same thing with the grapes rather than the cheesecloth method


    1. Hi Carolyn! I know that instead of a jelly bag or cheesecloth people have used linen dish towels that the juice will pass through easily. It might stain the towel though so don’t use one of your favorite ones 🙂


    1. Hello
      It might be a good idea to add a note to drain the grapes before you mash them as I now have about 15 cups of juice, having not drained them first.


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