Although not at the top of list of customer requests, we had just enough requests for a grape jam to decide to give it a shot. Schletewitz Family Farms in the Fresno Valley is one of the only California growers still harvesting organically grown Concord grapes, so we were eager to catch up with them at the local farmers market for a few flats.
You may ask yourself "why is it so difficult to find a good grape jam or jelly?" Well, it all comes down to seeds. Concord grapes are not available in a seedless variety and the thought of separating skins to process fruit to remove seeds is incredibly tedious.
Lucky for us Schletewitz Farms offers an organic Concord grape that is significantly smaller than the commercially grown Concord grapes with the massive seeds. This allowed us to run them through the food mill without sacrificing the flavorful skins. Although some of the tiny seeds may have made their way through the mill, rest assured that these are as small as blackberry seeds and just as edible.
So, if you're into great tasting Concord grape jam that isn't overly sweet and don't mind a few seeds here and there, THIS IS THE JAM FOR YOU! If you'll be put off by finding seeds in your grape jam, I'd pass on this and stick to the stuff at the grocery store.
Our delicious jam starts with Concord grapes from the Fresno Valley. To the mix, we add pure cane sugar, a little citrus pectin for added gelling and a generous splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice for a little zing to the flavor in this magically intoxicating combination.