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Concord Grape Chia Jam

 

Gluten-free | Vegan

Concord Grape Chia Jam #recipe #foodbymars #glutenfree #vegan #seasonal #spread

I couldn't help but think about the I LOVE LUCY episode when she's stomping on the grapes in Italy to make wine when I was making this lovely jam. I was pretty much chuckling to myself as grape juice was running allover my hands and wrists. There is something so therapeutic about getting messy with your food. This recipe requires 3 ingredients, it's so simple... but does that a little time in the grape seed separating step, but it'll all be worth it in the end. This is NOTHING like the jam you buy ready-made. The taste is next level... and the COLOR is pure eye candy! The chia seeds thicken this up beautifully and give it such a unique texture. Oh. Also... if you haven't ever bought concord grapes before, they're usually with the berries in a plastic "clamshell" package vs. with the other grapes in a bag. So keep an eye out! 

Concord Grape Chia Jam #recipe #foodbymars #glutenfree #vegan #seasonal #spread #jam #jelly
Concord Grape Chia Jam #recipe #foodbymars #glutenfree #vegan #seasonal #spread #jam #jelly

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of concord grapes
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 5 tbsp chia seeds

Directions:

  1. Begin by separating the skins of the grapes from the pit, simply squeeze on the grape and you'll see the inside pop out (photo above). Leave the seeds.
  2. Add grape pits to a small saucepan and heat over medium-low until they breakdown to form a liquid.
  3. Using a strainer you can try to kick some of the seeds out at this point and pour the liquid onto the bowl with the skins. Pressing down with a fork until the skins are infused and the whole mixture is turning red/purple. For any remaining seeds, pick them out with your hands (this is the I LOVE LUCY part I was talking about...)
  4. Add the whole mixture (less seeds) back into the saucepan and add the honey, stirring for a few minutes until everything has nicely meshed together on low-medium heat.
  5. Turn heat off and let rest for a couple of minutes, there may still be chunks of skin, so add the whole mixture to a blender and pulse until smooth quickly (it won't need a lot of mixing, just enough to break up the skins further).
  6. Add chia seeds to the mixture and stir (or if you want to add to your blender/mason jar... close and shake with the chia seeds inside!
  7. Pour mixture into a jar with a lid and refrigerate for 30 minutes while it sets. After this, you're good to go!

Concord Grape Chia Jam #recipe #foodbymars #glutenfree #vegan #seasonal #spread #jam #jelly
 

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