Homemade jams and preserves aren’t just for summer fruits. This pomegranate jelly recipe is super easy to make and takes advantage of a very beautiful fall fruit.
It really is the most wonderful time of the year! And I’m not talking about Thanksgiving or Christmas! It is pomegranate season, and in my house, that makes one of our favorite seasons. My family can never have too much pomegranate!
I don’t claim to have a green thumb, but I do enjoy gardening. Over 15 years ago, my husband came home to our newly planted yard and added a scraggly looking pomegranate tree to our garden. It didn’t look like much and stood only 2-3 feet tall.
I couldn’t imagine that Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of a Pomegranate Tree holding anything up, let along a few pomegranates. Lucky for us, that tree did grow and has been a super easy tree to maintain. And we’ve been blessed with pomegranates, every fall.
My husband picked the fruit off our pomegranate tree last week. He was ecstatic because this was the first year that the birds and squirrels didn’t attack our fruit. Our humble little tree gave us about 30 pomegranates. That may sound like a lot for the average American family, but those beauties will be eaten in a week or two.
How to Seed a Pomegranate
Over the years, my husband and I have seeded hundreds of pomegranates. Now that my kids are older, my 13 year old daughter has learned to seed a pomegranate. So you see, we’ve mastered the technique.
Remember, pomegranate juice stains and the acidic juice can also irritate your skin. But I’m talking about long contact with pomegranate juice, like when you seed oh, 30 some odd pomegranates! So seeding a pomegranate in a bowl of water is truly the best way to seed a pomegranate.
The water method not only catches the pomegranate arils that fall out of the skin, but it also keeps you fingers clean and free of pomegranate juice. You can find the full instructions on how to seed a pomegranate here.
Do You Need Pectin to Make Pomegranate Jelly?
Which brings me to today’s wonderful pomegranate recipe, pomegranate jelly! To make pomegranate jelly, you need pomegranate juice. Although you can buy pomegranate juice, nothing beats fresh pomegranate juice. And I’ve got detailed instructions on the best way to juice a pomegranate here.
Now the fruit of the pomegranate, the pomegranate aril, is basically all juice and seed. You do need pectin to solidify the jelly. I used store bought pectin. You can also add pomegranate juice to any fruit to make a pectin-free jam. Strawberries and raspberries would work beautifully with pomegranate juice to make jam.
How Much Sugar do I need for Pomegranate Jelly?
Pomegranate juice is naturally tart, which is one of the reasons why my family loves it! But you do need to add sugar to sweeten it. How much sugar depends on your personal preference. I found that adding equal parts sugar and pomegranate juice (1:1) makes a nice, sweet jam without cracking the tooth enamel.
Storing Your Pomegranate Jelly
If you are gifting your jars of pomegranate jelly, then I suggest you hot water can the jelly jars. Full instructions on hot water canning can be found here. This guarantees the sanitized seal and prolongs the life of your jelly for up to one year. If you are making a small batch of pomegranate jelly and plan to keep it in the refrigerator, than hot water canning is not necessary. Pomegranate jelly lasts up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
If you are like me and make homemade gifts for the holidays, then definitely add some pomegranate jelly to the to-do list. I’ve made it easy for you and have these pomegranate jelly labels for you to print out at home. They fit perfectly in the 2-inch circle labels that Avery makes. Some kraft cardboard and colorful twine, and these babies are ready-made gifts.
So you see, pomegranate insanity has hit my house again this fall. And I’m totally okay with that. This is the time of the year, that we use pomegranate in everything, from drinks to dolmeh to soups and baked goodies. You can find all of my recipes that feature pomegranate in every form possible here.
And I have a nice video that shows you how easy it is to make your own homemade pomegranate jelly. So you have nothing stopping you from enjoying this sweet and tangy confectionary for yourself!
- 4 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 packet of powdered pectin
- 4 cup granulated sugar
- In a large 4-quart pot over high heat mix together pomegranate and lemon juice.
- Stir in pectin and bring to boil, stirring constantly to prevent the juice from burning.
- When you have a rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, mix in sugar.
- When the sugar is combined, boil for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
- Using a spoon, skim off and remove any foam that is on top.
- If you are canning your jam, click here for canning instructions.
- If storing your jelly in the refrigerator or freezer, you can top each jar of jelly with 2 TBS pomegranate arils, if desired.
- Once jars reach room temperature, place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to firm up the jelly.
- Jelly will keep approximately 3 weeks in the refrigerator once opened. You can also freeze the jelly for up to one year.
Serving Suggestions: Great for your morning toast or serve with goat cheese and crackers for an appetizer.
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Serving Size:1 TBS
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 122 Total Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 5mg Carbohydrates: 31g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 28.5g Protein: 0g