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Scuppernong Jam

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This is an old-time recipe for scuppernong jam.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts scuppernong or muscadine grapes, stemmed & washed
  • 3 to 4 cups sugar, to taste
  • water

Preparation:

Squeeze the pulp out of the hulls, keeping pulp and hulls in separate containers. Chop hulls if desired, and place in a pan with about 1/2 cup water. Simmer until tender (about 15 minutes); stir occasionally and add more water if needed to prevent sticking. In another saucepan, cook pulp until softened. Press pulp through a sieve or food mill to remove seeds.

Combine pulp and hulls in a larger pan; add 3/4 cup sugar for each cup of fruit. Bring slowly to a boil and boil for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until thickened. Stir as the mixture thickens to prevent sticking.
Note: You can also test for jelling by removing the pan from the heat and chilling a dab of it.

Pour immediately into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Carefully wipe residue from jar mouths with a paper towel moistened with boiled water and cover with seals and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
Makes about 1/2-pint jars.

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