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Nov 25, 2012 05:10 PM

Pomegranate preserves?

I have a whole lot of pomegranates to use up and I'd love to do some sort of canning with them. I've seen a few recipes for jelly, which I'm considering, but I thought I'd see if anyone here has any ideas. Would jam work? Or some other kind of preserves?

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  1. Hi Piccola -

    I realize this is a response 2 years after your original post, but I thought I might suggest something here as Pomegranates are in season again.

    I found that Pomegranates alone are great for Jam or Jelly, but not much juice is pressed or recovered from the seeds.

    I add 50 % orange juice from organic oranges, and the pomegranate seeds to boil. I then use a large fine stainless strainer with a pestle to juice the now-softened seeds, and to remove any orange seeds or pips. Those go into a cheesecloth bag, and returned to boil.

    Once the mixture reduces, and the pectin kicks in, I add sugar, and a dash of lemon juice, and reduce it a bit further.

    The colour is dark red, and the taste is excellent after 2-3 days. This makes a great gift in the coming Holidays, or a preserve to look forward to in the Winter.