After a couple of weeks, we barely made a dent on our pomegranate stash. But we also know we won't be able to enjoy these fruits once the pomegranate season is over. My husband had a great idea to preserve them so we can enjoy them in the summer as much as we are enjoying them now.
makes about 9 cups
5 cups freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice, from about 15-20 fruit
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 packet (1 oz) powdered fruit pectin
6 cups sugar
- In a 6-quart stockpot or Dutch oven, combine pomegranate juice, lemon juice and pectin. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Stir in sugar and bring back to boil, stirring constantly every 2 minutes. Let the mixture come to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes over medium heat.
- Skim off any foam that appears on top and discard.
- Let mixture come to room temperature. Once cool, can be refrigerated for about 2-4 weeks. Or can be kept in the freezer for up to 6 months.
My husband then used standard canning procedures for this jelly. That means sterilizing jars, submerging filled jars in water bath and so on which I will not through here. You can find more information about canning here.
This recipe makes a lot of jelly so you may reduce recipe in half. To make juice from fresh fruit, D ran the arils (seed sacs) through a juicer a few times. If you do not have access to fresh pomegranate, you can substitute bottled juice.
[On a side note, my husband made these weeks ago with the kids. I took plenty of pictures of the kids having fun in the kitchen. My youngest who just learned how to test a corn's freshness (by piercing a kernel with your fingernail, btw) tried to show off and tried it on a pomegranate. Let's just say red pomegranate juice splattered all over his face! Hilarious and so cute! I was going to post all these pictures but our hard drive crashed a few days ago so all the pictures are lost for now. :( All my other food pictures are gone, too. My husband is currently working on salvaging what he can so will keep you posted.]
UPDATE 2/10/09: Yay, hubby got the pics! Here's my son, the show-off. ;)