Concord Grape Pie Filling

Concord Grape Pie Filling
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 22 cups Concord seedless grapes, washed
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (or 1 t. citric acid)
  • 1 cup Clear Jel
  • 1 cup water or 1 cup of grape juice from pulp



  • Working over two pots or bowls, take a grape in each hand and gently squeeze it over the first pot. Deposit the grape skins in the second pot. Continue until you have separated all of the grape pulps from the grape skins. You can discard the skins in your compost.


  • Place the pot with the grape pulps (do not add water!) over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently, allowing it to boil for 5 to 6 minutes. Set aside - Do not put them through a food mill or colander. You just separated the skins and you want to keep the pulp as in tacked as possible.
  • Combine water or grape juice, sugar, and Clear Jel in a stainless steel pot.
  • Stir using a whisk and cook over medium high heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble. It will come to a smooth texture.
  • Add lemon juice and boil sauce 1 minute more, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat! 


  • Fold in the grape pulp gently till well mixed and immediately fill hot quart jars.
  • Place a canning funnel over the opening of a clean, sterilized quart jar and ladle in the hot pie filling leaving 1 1/2 inch of headspace. Using a plastic spatula remove air bubbles and refill to proper headspace if necessary.
  • Moisten a paper towel and wipe the rims of the jars so they are spotless. Center a hot lid on the jar and screw the ring in place until fingertip-tight.


  • Place the jars in a water bath canning pot and ensure they are completely covered with water by 1-2 inches. Bring the water to a boil and process for 30 minutes.
  • When the 30 minutes are up, turn off the heat, remove the canner lid and let the jars rest for 5 minutes before carefully transferring to a cooling rack or a towel on the counter.
  • Let cool, undisturbed, overnight before removing rings, wiping clean and labeling.
  • Store the jars in a cool, dark place. Store jars with the rings removed.

To Make the Pie:

  • Pour a quart of the filling into an unbaked 9" pie crust and add a lattice or decorative top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes.  Let cool before serving. Great with a little vanilla ice cream!
Keyword Grape Pie