I accidentally bought seeded grapes a couple of weeks ago and while they were tasty, the kids hated the seeds and refused to eat them. So I combined them with some "black" grapes we had and regular red grapes. Apparently I forgot we already had some and bought more... And then to both clean out the fridge more and add more fruit to our mixture, I threw in most of a bag of fresh cranberries.
I heated this mixture up until it was mashable and then the kids helped me mash the fruit over a sieve to get out all of the juice and pulp, leaving the seeds and skins behind. I didn't mind small bits of pulp or skin getting in the mix, but I hate seeds in my jam. No one wants to bite down on a seed during a breakfast of biscuits and jam. :)
The kids even helped me pour it into jars--it only made a pint and half. But for an impromptu fridge-cleaning turned food preservation lesson, I'm happy with our little experiment.
And the color turned out so pretty, it makes me smile.
So many of my friends are afraid of canning, and while there are precautions you need to take to ensure food safety, I always encourage people to try it. It's easy, especially when you do small batches like we did on Sunday. While a pantry full of canned jams and jellies is great--there's no shame in making a jar or two here and there when the need arises.
I'm linking up with Debbie and her Tuesdays at the Table party.