WinnersSaturday, October 17, 2009
I finished the third sewing box this morning. So, the random number generator came up with these three numbers.
#428 - Gina from Sunny Australia
#119 - Amy R.
#28 - Debbie at Woolen Sails
Congratulations ladies! E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send out your prize.
It's been cool and cloudy here. I'm wishing for better light for photography. I feel like all of the pictures I'm taking are in the dark. Tomorrow it will be sunny and warm up a bit. I'm planning to ride my bike as I can tell I need a bit of exercise and nothing better than riding a bike!
At quilt market, a woman from California talked to me about her garden. She said she canned everything. When she returned home, she planned to pick pomegranates from her trees in her yard. She makes Pomegranate Jelly every year. After her conversation, I couldn't get the image of the lovely color of pomegranate seeds out of my mind. I found 4 at the grocery store last night and just had to buy them.
I do feel a bit guilty though. Anything with that many seeds is really serious about reproduction! I manually removed the seeds from the pulp. I know there are various methods to do this ....but they seem to easily fall away from the pulp with a bit of pressure from my fingers.
The above picture illustrates the number of seeds from 3 pomegranates. I did use all of the seeds from 4. You need 3 3/4 cups of juice. I didn't have quite enough so added water to make up the difference. I juiced a couple of lemons and added 1/2 cup of lemon juice. I always add a tsp. of butter to reduce the foaming when making jelly.
I added 1 package powdered pectin to the juice and brought to a boil. I then added 5 cups of sugar and brought the mixture to a rolling boil again. I let it boil for a minute and then poured it into the glass jars. I wash the jars in the dish washer and remove them while they are still hot.
The jelly is in the jars and the tops and rings are in place.
I place them in this old canner. I lower the jars until they are covered completed by boiling water. The lid is placed on the canner and they boil for about 7 minutes. After the process is completed I take them out and let them cool. Check the seals, the lids should be sucked down (you'll hear a popping noise as the jelly cools).
I can't wait to taste. While the jelly is in the canner, I scrape up enough jelly left in the pan to have a taste.
I rate this breakfast worthy! The lemon juice lends a bit of tartness. Love the color and sweet flavor.
Barb uses her pomegranates a bit differently. Here's a picture of her latest pattern we released at market. So many ways to celebrate this wonderful fruit.
Pomegranates are in season September through February. In the states, California and Arizona seem to grow the most. So now is the time to get yours! If you plan to quilt your pomegranates, Barb used the fabric line from Old Primrose Inn. It should be in your quilt stores in the next couple of weeks.