Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.0

So, I got this wild hair that I was going to make pomegranate jelly. I love the flavor of pomegranate — and it’s good for you, too. I also have fond memories of when our neighbor would bring a jar over every fall. It was so good!

When pomegranates showed up as an add-on for our produce co-op, I signed up for a bag of 10 pounds of pomegranates for $5. My kids love to eat them and at 50 cents a pound, I figured that was a great price. They could snack and we could try our hand at jelly.

The operation is set to go into effect today and tomorrow. I’ll be reporting back later. So far, here’s what’s gone into this adventure, quest, thing:

1. Research

I started scouring the net for ways to juice pomegranates. I find a number of options: use a citrus juicer, use the food processor or blender, or put the arils in a ziploc bag and run over them with a rolling pin. We will probably do all three.

I say “we” because this is quickly becoming a homeschool project.

When I asked Mara what the best way to juice a pomegranate was, she said to buy the bottle. Ha!

Her comment did get me thinking, though. So, I did that at Costco over the weekend. It was a little more than 6 bucks for a liter of juice.

We’ll be making two batches of jelly: one with bottled juice, one with fresh juice.

2. Supplies

It took two trips to Walmart to get all the things we needed, like extra sugar, pectin, and cheesecloth. Just so you know, cheesecloth is currently in the Halloween section. Sheesh.

I also dug out my canning supplies from the garage. I have a water canner as well as a slough of canning jars from days gone by.

3. Reading

I also bought the updated Ball Blue Book. I had an old one from about 13 years ago. The new edition is updated with a lot more recipes, including pomegranate jelly. I read through the sections on jelly making and had my helpers do the same.

Stay tuned for our progress as we carry out Operation Pomegranate Jelly.

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  1. Allie Zirkle says:

    So fun! I love making jelly. Making pomagranate jelly from juice makes me think of how easy making grape jelly was from grape juice. Good luck!

  2. Sounds delish. Lime goes awesome with pomagranate–maybe use that as your acid?

    I love homemade jams and jellies–with the bonus that anything that doesn’t set makes lovely pancake syrup. My kids have never even had store bought jam.

  3. We have a tree exploding with pomegranates. I will be paying close attention to your progress!

  4. I can’t believe you can get them for so CHEAP!!! They are never EVER less than $2 PER pomagranate here! :( So even getting one is a rare treat. I wouldn’t mind if you shipped me some jelly though… nope, wouldn’t mind at all! :))

    ~Wendy

    • @Wendy,

      Wendy,

      I have no idea where you live but if you live in an area where there is Bountiful Baskets they sometimes offer Pomegranates as an add on and you may be able to get a much better price that way. Just a thought! The bottled juice works great for jelly, though, so you can’t go wrong there!

  5. We do can! We have done cherries, peaches, pears, salsa, tomato sauce and pizza sauce this year. I had to include the list because it makes me so happy.

    Today is day 2 of apple sauce. As in batch 2. Such a treat.

  6. Anxious to see how this works out. I can’t imagine juicing pomegranates. Good luck!

  7. I’m intrigued to see how the juicing works out. Pomegranates are really expensive here too – just over $2 each the other night at walmart :( I’ll have to look for the juice here myself. It sounds good. I love making jams and jellies but usually only do so if I can get the ‘fruit’ for free, so we can lots of apples in the fall from our trees and in the spring I make dandelion jelly :9 Cant’ wait to see the rest of this series!

    • The juicing is not that hard. Easier with bigger fruit than smaller. Most of ours are smaller. They were a great price.

      I agree, a lot of this is only cost effective if you can get the fruit for free, or using inexpensive organic to replace the higher priced organic processed item.

  8. I can’t wait to see how this goes. I can. I can’t get enough! I need new ideas. This is what I did this year: http://benzabulletin.blogspot.com/2011/08/canningpalooza.html. My friend and I want to avoid the crazy ketchup fiascos and stick with the fun canning day stuff. SO be sure to tell how it all turns out.

  9. Help i just made Pomagranate Jelly and followed direction exactly adn the jelly did not jell. help. I used fresh seeds from our trees.
    Thank you
    Nancy

    • Was your pectin fresh? And you boiled it according to the package directions? Boiling for the full amount of time is really important. Did you already can it?

      You can probably use it as pancake and dessert syrup.

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