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Grape Jelly Part 1

By Richie Ann Ashcraft

Now that baseball is over, thank goodness, I can work on some other projects that I've been meaning to get to but haven't had time. You know, like washing laundry and scrubbing toilets.

Actually, I've used the last couple of evenings to sit and do some craft projects with the boys. Awesome!

Over the weekend though I picked two big bags of grapes in the hopes of using some of my newfound freetime to make grape jelly. It seemed like a really good idea at the time.

About 20 minutes into picking all those little grapes off their stems, I started thinking that this was probably the stupidest project ever. I should be using this time to sit on my butt watching "Dancing with the Stars," but no, I decided to do something crazy and tedious and boring after having worked all day.

But, picking the grapes proved to be the worst part. I washed them, poured just enough water in a pan to almost cover them, and started a gentle boil for 20 minutes.

Then, I went out in the yard and retrieved my funnel-shaped collander. The boys had been using it to sift dirt and I hadn't really cared until it came time I needed it. I had to pour the hot grapes into the collander and smash out their juice. I didn't have anything good to smash with, so I used my ice cream scoop. This is about where I went back to my thinking that this project was stupid and time-consuming. Grape jelly costs what? $2 at the store?

But, too late to turn back so I smashed and smashed.

After two hours on part 1 of the project, I ended up with maybe a quart of juice. Making the actual jelly is another entire project, one I had to save for another free evening this week. All I gotta say, is this jelly better be good.



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It’ll be good because it’s made with love ... probably.

Ha ha—love and time-sucking resentment. That sure not something Welch’s wants you to know.

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