Let's play a game: how many differences can you spot?
This is a picture of pomegranate jelly from the Vitamix book:
And this is a picture of the pomegranate jelly I made (following the recipe "to the foot of the letter", as the Spanish say, "to a T" for the Anglos, but how to the foot of the letter can you get with references to 5 pomegranates and 1 orange? What size of poms? A large orange or a small one? A juice orange or table orange? Clearly, the lack of clarity extends from my jelly to the recipe):
Obviously, my attempt did not yield a sparkling red jelly. And then there's the foam on top. Rabid jelly. Yum! Er... And it's kind of pudding-like, sliding right off the spoon. Definitely no jiggle to this jelly.
You know, I'm not a big jelly fan to begin with, but Tall Guy likes it, so I thought I'd give it a try. And try we did. Fail! Overpowering flavour. Weird texture.
Clearly, I should stick to making ice cream and pies...
Ease: 2/5 - peeling pomegranates is messy and time-consuming, especially if you're picky and you make sure all of the yellow papery bits are off.
Flavour: Disappointingly not fresh and pomegranate-y.
Make again: Mmm, I'm 50/50 on this one. I could try again starting with ready-made pomegranate juice to help get a clearer colour (although a lot of the opaqueness must come from the orange?!). But since I don't particularly care for jelly, unless it's Church Lady Jello Salad, I might just leave well enough alone. And by that I mean probably never make jelly again.