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 are able to 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 other 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.
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!
How to Can Grape Butter
- 6 cups Concord grapes removed from stems and washed (see note below)
- 6 cups sugar
- Combine grapes and sugar in a heavy-bottom kettle and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Continue boiling until the mixture is at a rolling boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down) and boil for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, remove from heat and push through a cone strainer with paddle. Work through strainer leaving pulp and seeds behind.
- Fill prepared jars, wipe off, and place on lids and rings.
- Place in the waiting water bath for 10 minutes.
- 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.