Red Grape Lavender Jelly is less sweet than traditional Concord grape jelly with a light floral twist thanks to the lavender flowers. Great for gifts.
4cupsgrape juicefrom about 3 pounds of grapes prepared as below
1/4cupdried lavender flowers
1pouch liquid pectin
Remove grapes from stems and wash. Put both grapes in a large saucepot with 1/4 cup water. Slightly crush the grapes. Rub lavender flowers between your hands to release the essential oils as you sprinkle them over the grapes. Cover and simmer until grapes are soft. Strain through a damp jelly bag make shift jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth to extract juice. NOTE: be sure cheesecloth or jelly bag is wet before pouring in the fruit/juice or the cheesecloth will absorb your juice! (experience talking there).
To prevent formation of tartrate crystals, let juice sit in a cool place for 12-24 hours and strain through a few layers of damp cheesecloth before proceeding.
Measure out 4 cups of juice from above and put into a large saucepan. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Open pectin pouch and put in a cup next to the stove. Bring juice/sugar to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in liquid pectin. Bring back to a roiling boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim foam if necessary.
Ladle hot jelly into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner.