While browsing around Pinterest I found a recipie for Watermelon Jelly. I just had to try it. Of course I have pinned about a million things I want to try, but this one just stayed on my mind. So when my brother came to visit on Labor Day weekend and brought this HUGE (it weighed 40 lbs. I checked) watermelon I asked him if I could use some to make jelly. I pulled up the website's recipie. Here is the link, and got right to work.
First you need to gather your ingredients.
6 C. pureeded Watermelon
5C. white sugar
1/2 C bottled or fresh lemon juice
1 pkg Pectin
Then I began to cut up the watermelon. It was HUGE so there was plenty to go around. I went ahead and doubled it.
It is important to remove all the seeds and then I just put the pieces in the blender and let it go. As it finished I measured it out into a large pot.
Then you add sugar and lemon juice. It looks so pretty and has a kind of foam on top to start with. Then you are to bring it to a boil. Once my pot got close to boiling I nocticed a definate problem. The pan was not going to be big enough. Uh oh. So I switched to my HUGE stock pot.
It still boiled up pretty high in there. Once the temperature gets to 220 degrees you can add the pectin. Then it continues to boil for another five minutes. I would let it go longer. I had trouble with it thickening up so I had to put it on to boil again and so did the original poster.
Remove from heat and pour into clean, steril jars and then you can use a water bath to seal. I just made sure they cooled and put them in the fridge. I know they won't last as long but that is never a problem here. ;) It's one of the perks of having three GROWING boys.
When you are all finished you have these beautiful jars of jelly. I had various sizes but there were roughly 9 8oz. jars when I finished. Of course remember I doubled the recipie. If you decide to give it a try I would love to know. It is very good. Tastes just like watermelon. :)
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