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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Watermelon Jelly

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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18 comments:

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

That looks so bright and yummy!!!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Water melon jelly? WHo knew?

Kim said...

Hmmm. This looks so interesting. I wonder why it's not something widely available. Must be great! Thanks for the idea.

Creating Sarah said...

Mmmmm. This is a use I never thought of for watermelon! I bet it tastes wonderful!

Carson said...

Thank you for posting this! My Mom makes delicious raspberry jams and strawberry jams- I'm excited to be able to turn the tables and surprise her with watermelon jelly!

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Nicole said...

Now THIS looks scrumptious!

Creole Zyzzx said...

Why stop with just the fruit, you can make bread and butter pickles out of the rind.
I made rind preserves last summer that tasted just like an apple pie!
If it's a fruit, you can make jelly and or jam out of it. Pretty much the same recipe.
I'll make champagne jelly and add a piece of fruit to it.

Celticravenz said...

Do you have to refrigerate? Or can you store in a cool pantry area? Thanks Jan :)

Rita said...

thank you for posting I just made like 3 jars of it it did take a while to thicken up but it sure tastes yummy

Cherri said...

What is your definition of 'boil longer' and how long should it take to thicken? I boiled it for 10 minutes and then water bathed it for 10 minutes. That was last night. They are still not think this morning. Am I going to have to boil them again and add more sure-gel? I made 22 jars, I really don't want to have to redo them all. Thanks. BTW - I am not planning on putting them in the fridge, they are going to go in the pantry and be given as gifts.

Sandie said...

WOW!!! 22 jars! You are a great friend. I honestly don't remember how long. I think I just let it cook until I noticed a definate thickening. Sorry I don't have a better answer. I havent' gotten around to making it again this year. Much to my kids dismay. Life has been too crazy. Hope that helps.

Amanda magee said...

Working on it right this minute!!

Lauren said...

Okay, so I just made this and what I found is that I had to boil it a good 20-25 minutes to really get it to thicken correctly. The jars are cooling right now, but it looks great. I did get to taste a little and HOLY WOW! It's very sweet but has a nice watermelon flavor. My kids are going to love this on their PB&J's.

Anonymous said...

I made 17 jars and cooked it to 240 for about 30 minutes and added double the sure jell and it is the perfect thickness, my family loved it!

Laura said...

This was THE messiest canning experiment EVER! lol! I had it in a huge stock pot (only 1/3 full) and it still boiled over, BIG TIME. Top that off, it didn't set up. -.- Now I have watermelon syrup! ;-) It does look pretty, I'll give it that!

Anonymous said...

I just made this yesterday and it turned out awesome the only thing is get a watermelon with seeds easier to pick the seeds out then seedless they r very small and took me a long time to pick the seeds out !!!!! Oh and I boiled mine for 8 mins when I add the pectin
It turned out perfectly will be make this again next year thank u for sharing this recipe !!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Years ago my grandma told me that if you double a jelly recipe, you need to double the boiling time also. This advice has worked well for me! : )