Sunday, I made a batch of apple-pomegranate jam. I had some apples (bought at $.39/lb.) that needed to be used up. And, since I was running low on jam, I decided to make some apple jam (as opposed to apple pie or turnovers or applesauce). And since I had a bottle of pomegranate juice (bought on sale for $1.99), that also needed using up, I decided to make the apple-pomegranate combination. I think it was a good decision.
I didn't have a recipe, as such; I generally tend to follow the general guideline of "equal amounts of fruit and sugar, add some lemon juice and boil till it gels". But this time, I actually measured my ingredients, so I could write this post!
I had 6 large apples (2 Red Delicious and 4 Granny Smith), which I peeled, cored and chopped. It amounted to 9 cups of apples.
So, here's my recipe:
9 cups chopped apples
8 cups sugar
2 cups 100% pomegranate juice
2/3 cups lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick (about 3 inches long)
Combine chopped apples, lemon juice, sugar, and cinnamon stick and boil, stirring all the time. I added the pomegranate juice halfway through, after the apples had softened a bit. Cook until it thickens to jam consistency. I use the "sheeting" test to judge if the consistency is right.
I like the combination of apple and pomegranate. The apple jam, by itself, was very sweet, even with the addition of lemon juice. The pomegranate juice added a nice flavor. There's more pomegranate juice leftover for something else.
I made 10 jars of jam. It took me 2 hours, start to finish. I had bought the canning jars on sale for $8 for 12 jars. I estimate the cost of ingredients to be under $6.00. Each jar of jam cost under $2 to make.
Have you made apple-pomegranate jam?