How To Make Pomegranate Jelly

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FALL, halloween, cool weather and the second week of November!   To me this signals, among other things, it's pomegranate jelly time!  I have a very prolific pomegranate tree that usually gives me tons of fruit, which can be processed into juice and or jelly.  There are other uses, of course, but I stick to these two primarily.
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Step 1: Gather Supplies

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Supplies needed
1.  Canning jars for jelly with new lids
2.  Sugar
3.  Pectin
4.  Large pan to cook jelly in
5.  One lemon (for a little juice)
6.  Pomegranate juice

Step 2: Collect and Process Fruit

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Pomegranates can be purchased in the stores or you might find them at roadside stands this time of year.  I am able to pick them off my tree, of course, but if I run low for a batch, I can always go buy a few at the store.  I know mine are purely organic, however.

Step 3: Separating The Seeds (the fruit)

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It is best to work underwater for this step, so I either fill a sink with water, or use a large bowl as pictured.  Cut the pomegranate into about 6 or 8 pieces by scoring the rind with a sharp knife.  Break apart (under water). If you have time, let soak for 30minutes or so, or even longer. This softens up the rind and makes it easier to separate the seeds.  Proceed to remove seeds gently so as not to rupture them and lose the juice they contain.

Step 4: Use Blender To Rupture Seeds and Release Juice

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I think there are presses for this, but I have never bothered to get one.  The blender works well for this task, but the main thing is to not overdo it.  Starting at the lowest speed possible, turn blender on for about 12-20 seconds, ending up at a slightly higher rate of speed than when starting. This insures separation, but doesn't allow the seed itself to be ground up.  This would cause bitterness in the finished product.

Step 5: Separate Juice With Cheese Cloth

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A jelly bag can be used also but the cheese cloth works well.  Try to make a bag with at least two layers of cloth for the juice/seed mixture to pass through.
johnny3h3 years ago
Ah-ha.  I notice the pattern of your "Squirrel Protector" in the face of the 2nd image in step 2; which brings to mind some questions:

-Is your screening made of metal or plastic?
-Did you miscalculate the sizing which resulted in the "tight fit" which caused the pattern embossing with fruit growth, or do you plan it that way?
-With the tight contact does that not encourage the Squirrels to "nibble" at the contact points?
Creativeman (author)  johnny3h3 years ago
Metal, didn't miscalculate, probably made it a little tight, and no, the protectors work 100% in keeping the squirrels at bay....thanks for asking.
anres3214 years ago
Delicious !!
in Belgium it is called 'GranaatAppel'
that means 'Grenade Apple' XD
sunshiine4 years ago
Nice ible! I have a pomegranate tree that blooms but does not produce. I am buying one that will and will refer to this link! thanks for posting.
Creativeman (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
You are welcome, long named lady! Good luck and I like your coffee filter flowers!
 Hey Creativeman, Thanks soo much for making this instructable! I just love to eat pomegranates, but I don't know if I could grow them in the region that I'm living in now. Just wondering, where do pomegranates grow and how would I plant them if I could? BTW, I live on Guam.
Creativeman (author)  MrL33TPenguin5 years ago
You're welcome. Not sure about Guam, they like hot, dry, middle eastern-like climate....check with local nurseryman or extension agent. Cman
hot and dry? where do you live, your grass seems awfully green to be in a hot and dry area
 Ok then, Thanks. Here it is all humid and hot, but we don't have dry heat here. Thanks anyways Cman.
kissiltur5 years ago
I wonder if a centrifuge would help to separate the sediment? Even swinging a jar around your head on a string might speed things up a bit.
if you're in a rush just use a syphon wand and tubing, can be obtained quite easily, and form brewing shops. I don't think it's quite necessary to swing the jar around your head.
I was just thinking of making the sediment settle faster and more tightly. I mean, if we're talking about brew shops then you could get some floculant to clump the particles together.
Creativeman (author)  kissiltur5 years ago
What's the hurry? Cman
not in a hurry so much as wanting to compress the sediment more to recover more juice.
ChrysN5 years ago
Great instructable, I always wondered how you could extract the juice from a pomegranate.  I am also jealous that you have your own tree.
Creativeman (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
Thanks ChrysN. The tree is a real treasure, for sure. Cman
NoFiller5 years ago
So how many pomegranates are we talking about here? I'd really like to try this but pomegranates are not too cheap up here in Canada.
Creativeman (author)  NoFiller5 years ago
I think about 4-5 medium, 3-4 really large can dilute the juice with apple juice if you come up a little short.  Good luck. Cman
Ninzerbean5 years ago
You are so lucky to have a pomegranate tree! I adore pomegranates. I use the Nigela Lawson way to get the seeds out. Cut pom in half - doesn't matter which way, hold cut side face down on your left palm in a sink over a bowl, smack the back of the pom with a big wooden spoon - hard. Do this until all the seeds drop out into your hand while you open your fingers to let the seeds fall through to the bowl below. It takes about 10 seconds and you are done. I am assuming one is right handed and is smacking with that hand. This is a great ible!
Wow!! thanks Nizerbean.  I have never understood how to eat a pomegranate.
This method works perfectly on slightly older poms, the only broken seeds you will have are the ones you cut through when you cut the pom in half. Move your big wooden spoon around to the areas that still have seeds until they all fall out. It is dramatic to do at dinner parties - I serve mine with goat's milk yogurt for a no fail unforgettable desert that people plead for seconds of.
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Hey Ninzerbean:  I couldn't resist, had to try your method, seemed simple enough.  So like Ronnie said: "Trust but verify".  I added a step eleven, I guess that makes us collaborators, eh?  Cman
Oh wow! That is so great - I am glad to have helped, you will be eating more poms than ever now and making more jelly faster. That's quite the wooden spoon you've got there Cman. 
Creativeman (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
I consider myself blessed, in many ways!  Thanks NB...I could have gone another 100 yrs and not figured that method out....I will try it and see what happens..Cman
kfr1sby5 years ago
How old is your tree? I'm wondering if I could plant one, and have fruit in my lifetime lol.
Creativeman (author)  kfr1sby5 years ago
Upwards of 50 years, but young trees will produce in a few years. Cman
mdeblasi15 years ago
Where does one have to live to have a pomegranate tree?  I'm thinking USDA agricultural zone 6 is not the place.
Creativeman (author)  mdeblasi15 years ago
Think hot, dry...they originated in the Middle East. Cman
Sunbanks5 years ago
I am sooo jealous that you have a pomegranate tree! 
Mmm, i love pomegranates. I can sit there and eat those seeds all day.