One of the vines growing in our yard supplies us with Concord Grapes. I think there may only be one or two vines doing all the work, but it works very hard to give us enough grapes for8 – 10 batches of grape jelly.
Making grape jelly is a two-step process. Two years ago, I invested in a steam juicer which has helped speed up the process enormously. I don’t remember the cost of the juicer, but it probably ran between $30 and $50. At the same time I received a steam canner for Christmas, one which ran about $30 to $40, another good investment. A steam canner only needs about two inches of water in the bottom of the canner, meaning you use less water and need less time to boil the water.
Now, we’ve been canning for about 15 years so our cost for our jars and bands are pretty much at zero at this point. The lids I find on clearance at Target or the grocery store at the end of the summer; this usually saves at least $1 on the cost of the lids.
Cost Breakdown for Homemade Grape Jelly
Homemade Concord Grape Juice FREE
14 cups of sugar 4.32
2 packages of liquid pectin 1.48
14 regular lids .84
14 8 oz. jars FREE
Total Cost: $6.64
$.47 / 8 oz. jar