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.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
1. Canning jars for jelly with new lids
4. Large pan to cook jelly in
5. One lemon (for a little juice)
6. Pomegranate juice
Step 2: Collect and Process Fruit
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)
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
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
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.