Does eating a watermelon bring back memories of hot summers to mind? I remember sticky hands, and watermelon juice all down my white t-shirt while eating this delicious fruit in my backyard. We ate the watermelon with our fingers while sitting on lawn chairs or on a blanket on the grass. Now we eat it with a fork in the comfort of our air conditioned houses. Well, I can’t solve that problem but I can provide you with a fun way to eat watermelon. And that fun way is with watermelon jelly or jam (or even both).
First, get yourself a watermelon. I wonder if kids today even know where watermelons come from. They would say from the grocery store I suppose. The ones you see in the picture are picked for a watermelon tasting. The best variety was then used in my jelly recipe. Cut up one half, saving the other half for eating when the job of making jelly is done. Or you can save the other half for making jam.
Cube the watermelon and juice it up in a blender. Then run the juice through your cheese cloth. Take 4 cups of this juice, add 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 3 cups of sugar. Bring to a hard boil then add the pectin. Cook 1 minute and then remove from the stove and let it cool. Pour the jelly into freezer containers and place into the freezer when cool. Then get out the rest of the watermelon and eat it out in the back yard or take it to the park.
For making Watermelon Jam pick out the seeds then add the chunks of watermelon to the pot, along with the lemon juice and sugar. Proceed as with jelly.
Watermelon Jelly Recipe
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 cups sugar
1 pkg No sugar-needed fruit pectin