Asked August 12, 2019, 5:27 PM EDT
Are these oregon grapes? And are thry edible? Can I make jam?
Washington County Oregon home food preservation
Yes it looks like Oregon Grape and you can make jams and jellies from them. They are not very tasty raw. You can follow a blue berry jam recipe using commercial pectin or here is a recipe for jelly.
Oregon Grape Jelly Select firm ripe Oregon grapes. Wash, leaving on stems. Place in large preserving kettle, covering with water. Boil 10 minutes, then mash and boil 5 minutes longer. Drain through jelly bag. Measure juice into large preserving kettle and boil 10 minutes. Add ¾ as much sugar as juice. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Boil rapidly until it sheets from a spoon. Remove from heat, skim at once, and pour into hot, sterilized jars.Leave ¼” headspace.Adjust lids and process 5 minutes in a boiling water canner.After processing, take canner off heat. Remove lid. Wait 5 minutes before removing jars.
If you have other questions you can call the OSU food Preservation Hotline that is now open M-F 9 am -4 pm. Certified Master Food Preservers are available to answer your questions.
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Oops I forgot to give you the hotline number. It is 1-800-354-7319. Good Luck