Mother Goose Made Grape Syrup

If you were here yesterday, you already know that Mother Goose took a pail of grapes and magically turned them into grape juice. And now, let’s hear the rest of this story…..

Following the recipe as closely as I possibly could, I added the gelling agent to the juice, along with some lemon juice.

Mother Goose is VERY good at reading, you know! The next part of the recipe suggested that I bring the juice to a hard, rolling boil and then add the sugar. This sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?

And still following the good advice from Better Homes and Gardens, Mother Goose brought this mixture up to another hard, rolling boil. AND HELD IT THERE FOR EXACTLY ONE MINUTE STIRRING CONSTANTLY. In the meantime, I am also soaking my little half pint jars, keeping them piping hot. AND there’s also the big pot of hot water for the processing bath. AND there’s the rest of the family waiting for their after school snacks, their pre-dinner snacks and their spaghetti dinner; not to mention study snacks, bedtime snacks and dessert. People are running in and out of the kitchen as if suddenly we live in a mini Grand Central Station, and they have plenty of advice for what Mother Goose should be doing to make the grape jelly even better.

So after the hard boil, I removed the pot from the heat. I was advised to skim off the scum with a metal spoon. Here’s a picture of the scum — I’m especially attached to this picture…

And then, simply ladle the potential jelly into the sanitized jars. I found a funnel to be most useful at this juncture.

Then just wipe off the jars, adjust the lids and toss them into the processing bath. So easy a child could do it. And perhaps I should have just let a child do it…

Again, I believe timing is important here. The recipe was specific — five minutes of boiling in the pot. Then I removed them from their bath and let them rest on the racks. Happily I listened as one by one, each jar uttered its little “pop” sound which proved that they had been processed and sealed. Everybody popped!

Ahhh, Mother Goose had accomplished the impossible — homemade Grape Jelly — time for a little reward… I opened up a fine bottle of wine, and sipped and waited patiently for the gelling process to miraculously come to fruition. I watched the jars. I waited on the jars. Every so often I walked over and tipped one a little to see how thick it was getting. Nope. A little bit more waiting…. Nope. Up in the middle of the night to check the jars…. Nope. No gelling process coming to fruition in this kitchen. Nope. And again in the morning when I awoke. “Good morning, jars! How are we today? Full of gelled up jelly?” Nope.

So we have twelve half pints of grape syrup! Please come over anytime for pancakes and waffles! (And, if you have any advice for Mother Goose for next time….you may leave me a comment. Or a kleenex…)

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 17:42:08

    Oh that’s so sad! I wonder what went wrong? Not enough gelling agent? Ahh cheez! But grape syrup will be excellent!! Mmmm I wish I had some I’d make pancakes tonight!!
    It’s just not like Mother Goose not to have success in the jelly department, you’ve been making all kinds of jelly’s for years!! Hmmmm

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  2. Natalie
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 18:24:51

    I think I will stick to storytelling from now on….. I”ll leave the jelly making to Betty Crocker and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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  3. Dianna
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 17:56:53

    Oh, how disappointing. Since I’ve never made grape jelly, I have no idea what could have gone wrong. Sounds like you followed the directions to a “T”. I remember a neighbor making grape jelly when I was a child. Her house smelled wonderful – I bet yours did too!

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