My new favorite place for inspiration & ideas is Pinterest.
Last week I saw a pin/link for Watermelon Jelly. This sounded great since we had just bought a huge watermelon for the 4th. Our company couldn't make it, so the watermelon remained uncut & refrigerated. Last night the Tapleys came over for hamburgers, swimming and watermelon.
We gorged on slices of watermelon and only ate 1/2 of it.
So I broke my own "I don't ever want to make jelly in the summertime" self imposed rule and set to making this delight. (the rule is because the heat of cooking, canning & Miss. is just too much for most summer days!)
The original link to the recipe is this...
since I didn't have liquid pectin, I started searching for a recipe that used powdered and I found it here...
Here are some pictures.....
|I got about 16 cups of pulp from 1/2 the melon|
|blended it in batches in my almost never used blender|
|The finished product|
The link has lots of adds and "extra" info mixed in the recipe ~ so here is the cleaned up version
2 cups watermelon juice
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/4 cups sugar
1 packet powdered pectin/1/4 cup sugar mixed
(total sugar 3 1/2 cups)
Heat the watermelon juice, lemon juice and pectin/sugar mix to a full rolling boil on med. heat.
Then add the rest of the sugar, and reheat to a full rolling boil. Test for "jell", reading the directions on the pectin packet.
Recipe makes 4 jelly jars (1/2 pint) or 8 1/4 pint cutesy jars
Remove from heat. Put molten yumminess in clean, sterilized canning jars. Top with lids and rings & place in waterbath canner. "Can" for 10 minutes in boiling water bath.
Remove from canner, listen for the "ping" that indicates the jars are sealed.
***I blended the watermelon pulp into batches using the liquify setting on my blender. The beautiful red juice settled to the bottle of the bowl with the pulpy part floating on top. I skimmed of the pulpy part and just used the clear juice.
The chickens got all the watermelon leftovers.
And when I tested for the "jell" I tasted the cooling jelly. Oh my goodness, yummy. Its a sugary, light fruity flavor and the color is a beautiful pinky red.
I made 2 batches today ~ and have enough juice to make about 5 more...but first a trip to Sams to buy more sugar!