Saturday, October 15, 2011

sunsets and jam

last night was a gorgeous sunset in ballard.  it was a perfect fall day, clear and crisp.  i noticed the beautiful sky returning from buying a whole bunch of pomegranates from the market and had to get a better look.

and then i made some jam.
pomegranate jam.
i just had to buy some pomegranates.

honestly, i am not a big jam lover, but this tasted quite delicious even though i was a bit concerned about the consistency. i'm new to the whole pectin thing. well jam thing in general.

Here's what i did:
- about 4 cups pomegranate juice  (this took me a lot of pomegranates... and time... you could also just buy some pomegranate juice. i probably won't be foolish enough to spend 2 hours peeling and juicing again. of course, i don't have a juicer.. and my food processor died that day, so that didn't help.)
- seeds of one pomegranate
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons agave
- 2 teaspoons pectin (dissolved in the agave)
- 2 teaspoons of calcium water (included with the pectin packet)

first bring the pomegranate juice, seeds, and lemon juice to a simmer. stir in sugar until dissolved. once at a boil again add the agave/ pectin and the calcium water. stir vigorously for 2 minutes with a steady boil. remove from heat and ladle into hot sterilized jars.  top with sterilized tops and screw bands the process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. done!

so 12 pomegranates and 4 hours later this is what i ended up with. tasty. and quite pretty if i do say so myself.

love, heidi

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