I love grape jam and grape jelly. If given a choice it’s my go to flavor for sandwiches with peanut butter and it reminds me of childhood. It was a lot of fun making this jam. There’s a wonderful satisfaction in squashing grapes!! There’s a kid-like halloween moment imagining they’re eyeballs – then the adult part of you realizes just how much juice you just got all over your kitchen and stove top!!
It’s amazing watching as the mostly translucent flesh becomes such a vividly colored majestic purple. That color that mothers everywhere dread finding on clothes and furnishings alike. It reminds me of a quote from the Gilmore Girls where a character was sharing why he didn’t like children and it came down to “jam hands” – even when there’s no jam in the house children always have sticky jam hands. This was just the jam he was thinking of!!
Though as beautiful and deeply colored as this jam became, the flavor isn’t as we would hope. It’s just not grapey enough. Definitely need to hunt around more this year for a better source of outrageously flavor bursting concord grapes to do our recipe the justice it deserves.