Pomegranate Jelly Recipe

Pomegranates, with jelly and a pitcher

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  • Total: 45 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 7 cups (112 servings)

This pomegranate jelly recipe requires a lot of fruit, but once you've made it, you'll agree it's fabulous and worth the expense.

If fresh pomegranates aren't available or too costly, you can substitute store-bought pomegranate juice to take a shortcut. Use 3 1/2 cups of juice with 1/4 cup water.

If time is an issue, you can buy pomegranate seeds, known as arils, already removed from the fruit although they tend to be expensive.

Ingredients

  • 10 large pomegranates (peeled, membranes removed, seeds separated and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 (3-ounce) pouch liquid pectin (or 1 (1 3/4- to 2-ounce) box dry pectin)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6 cups sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Place pomegranate seeds and 1/2 cup water in a heavy, nonreactive stockpot. Cover and cook for 10 minutes until seed sacs are tender to the touch.

  2. Place a colander over a large bowl or pot. Line the colander with an ample double layer of cheesecloth. Pour in the pomegranate seeds and liquid. Tie up the ends of the cheesecloth into a pouch. Twist and squeeze the bag to extract all the juice (wear rubber gloves, so your hands do not get stained).

  3. Discard the pouch of seeds. Measure pomegranate juice. You will need 4 cups (add water to make up any difference).

  4. If using liquid pectin: Place pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a large 10-quart nonreactive stockpot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Add pectin and return to a rolling boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  5. If using dry pectin: Place pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and pectin in a large 10-quart nonreactive stockpot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir in sugar and return to a rolling boil. Continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.

  6. Fill hot, sterilized jars with the pomegranate jelly to within 1/4-inch of the rim. Wipe rims and screw on hot sterilized lids and rings.

  7. Place jars on a rack in a large heavy stockpot and cover with boiling water. Heat to a simmer and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool on a towel for 2 days before storing.