While cleaning the refrigerator out, I discovered some grapes and mandarin oranges. Since the kids are gone, I figured I had better do something with them. I remember seeing a lady who canned them in simple syrup, so I figured I would give it a shot. As y’all know- I don’t measure; I eyeball my ingredients. I hope y’all will give this a try and take advantage of the season’s bounty. – Enjoy, The Homesteader’s Wife

Here’s how the process was done:


  • 1 ½ quarts of water
  • 3 cups of Sugar
  • Grapes
  • Oranges

How All Y’all do it:

Remove grapes from the stems, discard any bad fruit, and rinse them well. I wash mine in a splash of vinegar and allow to set for 15-30 minutes and then rinse them again. can1

Remove peels and pith from oranges. I find it easiest to place them in boiling water for 4 minutes and allow them to to cool a bit. Most of the white pith will come right off then with the peel. Segment them and remove any seeds.

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Sterilize canning jars- I measured my fruit into the jars before sterilizing them to see how many jars I would need. I ended up with just over 5 pints, so I had a little snack while I waited on my jars.


Make a simple syrup out of water and sugar. Remove jars from boiling water and put lids in the water to soften the rubber seals.  Pack fruit into jars. Pour syrup over them slowly to release air bubbles. Using a chop stick remove remaining air and top off with syrup to ¼ – ½ inch.

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Wipe rims and seal. Hot water bath for 20 minutes.