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I have used this jelly for years. It is wonderful and I recommend that everyone try it. Watermelon Rind jelly is also a favorite of my faimly.
I made this jelly and while I thought it was good I thought I might could improved it a little so I made another batch and added 1/2 cup red hot candies, 6 whole cloves, six whole all spice seeds and 1/2 stick cinnamon which I placed in home made spice bag (I find that coffee filter and twistie tie works fine)..this made a bolder taste and I think is quite good.
This recipe is delicious, but it takes much longer than 1 minute to set up. Use a jelly thermometer and boil till it's done!
I think the jelling problems people are having are coming from a missing step in the recipe that's causing too much watermelon and liquid to end up in the final mixture. I started with the 4 cups of melon called for, seeded, then blended the fruit as written. I then poured the puree into a jelly bag and let it drip into a pot (undisturbed) for 30 minutes. Do not squeeze the bag or you'll get a cloudy jelly. (You can also do this by lining a strainer with a couple layers of cheese cloth). I then measured out just 2 cups of the strained liquid and used that to follow the rest of the original recipe. I live at high altitude (6200 feet) and found I needed to boil the mixture for two minutes after adding the liquid pectin, but it jelled perfectly, has a great color and a really nice watermelon flavor. By the way, I replaced the lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice because I like the flavor combination better.
I had major gel problems and just did not like the taste of this jelly. It was time consuming and not something I will try again.
Wonderful jelly. The grandkids and adults loved it. Used a thermometer and had no trouble with it jelling. Will be a regular on my list. Thanks for such a special recipe.
Photo looks great, but mine did not gel. I'm still experimenting with watermelon jelly, and after four failures, I've some comments: I like the flavor of brown sugar over white. I appreciate use of lemon juice over heavy flavor of vinegar. Maybe House Blend vinegar? Get specific on exact type of pectin used. "Failures" make wonderful syrup for other recipes - like for canning pears.
Yummy! I made 2 batches of this jelly to use up some extra watermelons in my garden. The first batch came out PERFECT! It made 3 1/2 jelly jars. The second batch, though I did everything the same, did not set and made 4 jars. I did the 15 minute cook time and used 3 cups of watermelon puree. It is a very sweet mild watermelon taste, I ate some with bread and on crackers.
This didnâ€™t set for me ï?Œ
this was ok but the taste didn't seem right. It might have been the melon I used. will make next year maybe better results then