How to Can Grape Butter

Fall usually seems like the end to canning season, but in actuality many items are canned in the fall. Grapes aren’t necessarily a “fall” crop; they’re definitely late summer, if not early fall, depending on the year. And with Mother Nature willing, most years I make bunches (probably too much) of grape juice and grape butter. By the way, did you know you can can grape butter so it lasts over the winter? Yeah, it’s pretty much amazing…

“Why a fruit butter this year?” you may ask. Well, fruit butters are one of my favorite treats! Ok, a few others things too:

  • First off: no, there is no actual butter in this but the resulting consistency is that of a thick paste and is absolutely delicious.
  • Second: yes, there is plenty of sugar in this. There are two ingredients – no preservatives – but definitely sugar.
Two jam jars full of can grape butter with a brown bowl in background on a white surface

Jams, jellies, preserves and fruit butter all have sugar. But since they are a special treat and served in moderation, they are something that can be savored and enjoyed! Seriously, look at the calorie information below – and it’s all homemade to boot!

This will surely be the most decadent grape spread you have ever tasted!

I previously made this recipe a few years ago, so make sure to check out that post as well for more inspiration.

Watch how to can grape butter

If you make the recipe, make sure to leave a comment and rating of how it went! I’d love to hear how it worked out for you!

Five jam jars full of can grape butter with a brown bowl in background on a white surface

How to Can Grape Butter

  • Author: Kaleb Wyse
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 jam jars 1x
  • Category: Jams
  • Method: Canning
  • Cuisine: American


Grape butter is a great way to use up Concord grapes from a farmer’s market or your own yard. Mixed with equal parts sugar and placed in a quick water bath, this butter will be perfect all year!



  • 6 cups Concord grapes, picked from the stem and washed
  • 6 cups sugar


  1. Combine grapes and sugar in heavy bottomed kettle and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Continue boiling until the mixture is at a rolling boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down) and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and push through a cone strainer with paddle. Work through strainer leaving pulp and seeds behind.
  4. Fill prepared jars, wipe off, and place on lids and rings.
  5. Place in waiting water bath for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from water bath and let cool for 24 hours before removing rings and storing.


  • Alternatively, you can freeze the fruit butter instead of canning.
  • As a disclaimer, you do need Concord grapes for this so check local farmer’s markets, friends’ backyards or specialty grocers.


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp
  • Calories: 39
  • Sugar: 10.1g
  • Sodium: 0.2mg
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.1g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Three jam jars full of can grape butter with a brown bowl full of gourds in background on a white surface

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  • I made the grape butter recipe & it is so good! Has so much flavor we love it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Hard to believe with growing up in an Amish home that we never made it this way with it being so simple with 2 ingredients. Always enjoy trying new things. Gladys Borntrager

  • We had concord’s when I was a kid which Mom used in jellies. Welch’s also had vast vinyards near our home for many years so the thought of their fragrance bring back such incredibly wonderful memories for me. I’ve never heard of grape butter but you can bet I’ll be making some soon – we are but weeks from harvest in Washington State. Woohoo!! Loved the video and thanks for sharing – I can’t wait!! 🙂

  • This grape butter is amazing! It totally spoils you for any of the store bought stuff, even dear old Welch’s. I bought some Concord grapes at the local Mennonite store, and the car smelled so good as I was driving home. Thanks for this great recipe, Kaleb!