Concord Grape Butter

Concord Grape Butter is a low-sugar or low-honey cooked jam made with Pomona’s Pectin. This recipe can be used for Muscadine grape butter also. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. See below for where to buy.

Yield: about 5 cups

Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Extra calcium water should be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Concord Grape Butter Ingredients

3 pounds Concord grapes (wash, remove stems, and mash)
½ cup water

Bring above ingredients to a boil then simmer covered on low for 10 minutes. Strain out seeds and skins with a Foley mill.

Make Concord Grape Butter with:
4 cups thick, pulpy juice
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons calcium water
½ cup up to ¾ cup honey or 1 cup up to 2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder

Concord Grape Butter Directions

1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.

2. Measure fruit and spices into sauce pan.

3. Add calcium water and mix well.

4. Measure sugar or room temperature honey into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sweetener. Set aside.

5. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.

6. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

You may also like: Concord Grape Jam (also for Muscadine grapes, using the skins of the grapes too), Grape Butter (for other than Concord-type grapes), or Seedless Grape Jam.

Our Concord Grape Jelly recipe is on the direction sheet that comes with the pectin.

For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.

Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.

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8 thoughts on “Concord Grape Butter

  1. This is a silly question – please forgive the newbie : ) For butter, you don’t get the crystals as you do with jelly? Is that correct? Thanks!

    • Hello Sharon,

      Not a silly question at all! You are correct, because the Concord Grape Butter calls for the pulpy juice, you do not have to worry about it crystallizing.
      Great question!


  2. We have a Muscadine vine that finally started to produce this year in a really big way. I’m not a big fan of grape jelly or jam but the grape butter sounds tasty. Now I just have to crawl up in the attic to find my chinois.

  3. Hello, fellow real food home cooks! I did it! I made my first-ever batch of homegrown, truly organic concord grape jam! With Mary Lou’s encouragement, I plunged into doubling the Concord Grape Butter – left out the spices; cause I wanted Concord Grape Jam; and Voila! I made 7 1/2 pints and 1 full pint jar of the BEST EVER concord grape jam! I gifted the pint jar & 3 1/2 pints to the friend who gifted me with her concord grapes,and kept the rest!

    Everything went well. I used 3 cups of sugar for 6 pounds of grapes; and if I do it again, I will reduce the sugar by a cup…the grapes were that sweet! The jam is so good, it’s disappearing F.A.S.T. ! I’ve been invited to strip all the rest of this seasons Concords off the vines, if I want to make more jam…I’m still deciding, but only because I’m in school & I have to budget my time to have time to “JAM”…Hahahah!

    Thanks, Mary Lou, for a wonderful, preservative free product that even a newbie jammer like me can use & have success with! I’m inspired to continue!

  4. This is my first, ever, attempt to make jam or jelly. I’ve been given 8+ pounds of homegrown, all organic concord grapes! Researching the web yielded only “Martha Stewart” type grape jelly recipes = 7+ cups of sugar!! Yikes! I found YOU because I was horrified at the ingredients in the liquid pectin packets recommended by other “jammers” (your wonderful word, jamming – turned into my self-description 😉 ) I found Pomona Pectin at Jimbo’s in Carlsbad, CA and I’m soooo glad I did! Once I’m done with this cooking project, I’ll report back…Many, many thanks for your extensive & generous sharing of expertise!

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