Who does their canning in January? I do, and you can too if you freeze your concord grape juice from last summers harvest. Think about it. Instead of canning in a hot, steamy kitchen in August, you can put up jelly in your cozy kitchen as snow falls outside in winter!
Last summer I juiced my grapes and froze them until the day I would have more time. Today was that day. I used a recipe from the Ball Book of Canning. It calls for 4 cups of concord grape juice and 7 cups of sugar. The sugar and juice are brought to a boil in a large pot. Add one envelope liquid pectin and return to a strong boil for one minute. Ladle into sterilized 8 oz jars leaving 1/4 inch space at top of jar and water bath for 10 minutes. This makes 7 jars. I doubled the recipe but be careful to use a large enough pot to prevent boil over! Look how pretty the jars look full of sweet grape jelly waiting to go to neighbors and friends......except for a few jars that will find their way into MY pantry.