Sunday, July 15, 2012

Watermelon Jelly

Do NOT try this recipe UNLESS you have a DEEP (heavy bottomed) pot! (Like 9 inches, at least.) It WILL boil over on you in a regular sized pot. :)

7 cups strained watermelon juice
6 1/2 cups of sugar 
1/3 cup plus 1T lemon juice
2 boxes of (no sugar) Sure Jell (pink box)

Prepare jars and lids. (Makes approx. 6 pints.)
Pour watermelon and lemon juice into VERY deep stock pot.
In a bowl, whisk 1/2 cup sugar and both boxes of Sure Jell together.
Whisk the Sure Jell mixture into the juice. 
Bring juice to a hard boil. (This will take between 5 and 10 minutes.)
Whisk in the remaining sugar and return to a hard boil that cannot be stirred down.
(This is why you MUST use a very deep pot.)
Boil for ONE minute.
Remove from heat and ladle into prepared jars.
Process in canner for 10 minutes.
Remove jars and allow to cool.

(*Note to self:I made one batch of this with only 5 1/2 cups of sugar. It did jell, but is a little thin.)
This post is linked to:
 Natural Mother's Network 
The Prairie Homestead

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