Exactly a week ago, we had a brand new stove with a brand new oven installed in our kitchen. Our existing one was quite old and its gas oven had broken down causing me much grief. I was ecstatic when we got the new one especially because it has an electric oven which is the kind I’m used to and I find it less temperamental than a gas oven. It’s not a fancy cooking range, just a simple four burner stove at the affordable lower end of the price range. So for the last week I’ve been, almost fanatically, scouring websites and magazines, looking for baking, roasting, stewing recipes especially with the holiday season in mind.
Although winter is here and thoughts are turning towards baking, roasting and the festive season, I had to share my experience making my very own grape jam for the first time ever!
This fall, we had a bounty of little purple grapes growing on thick vines climbing partly over the front wall of our little country home here in France. We knew they were ripe for the picking by the number of wasps, flies, bees, etc that were attracted to them. It would have been a shame to see them go to waste except for feeding these little insects of course so we decided we’d give making jam a try.