Thursday 26 January 2012

Watermelon Jam (Waatlemoenkonfyt)

Ever wondered what to do with the left over rind from your watermelon fruit snacks?  I have just the solution for you.
Growing up in South Africa this is one of the jams we had and is my favourite.  My children have been enjoying watermelon So I took a recipe from my Mom and one from my Mother in law combined them and made my own. It tastes just like the store bought variety.

  • 1 Kg peeled and diced rind
  • 3 Tablespoons Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 3 Litres of water
  • 6 cups of sugar (1.5 kg)
  • 2 Litres water
  • 3 teaspoons of dry ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dry ground cinnamon
  • 20 ml lemon juice (4 teaspoons)
  • Take the peel of a ripe watermelon. Peel off the green outer rind and remove most of the pink flesh inside. Discard the green skin and pink flesh.
  • Prick each piece in several places with a fork and cut into desired shapes.
  • Combine Bicarb and 3 litre water and rind and leave to soak for 12-18 hours.  This ensures that the preserve is tender yet crisp.
  • Rinse. Now soak in fresh water for 2 hours.
  • Rinse and put in a pot covered with hot water. Bring to the boil and boil, uncovered, until just tender. Test by piercing the peel. 
  • Drain rind. (Do this a moment before you are ready to add to the syrup)
  • In a separate pot prepare the syrup. Combine the sugar, 2 Litres water, lemon juice, ginger and cinnamon.  Put pot on low heat and stir till all sugar is dissolved.
  • Bring mixture to the boil and add hot rind.
  • Boil rapidly until the pieces are tender and translucent and the syrup is thick. (1 - 1 1/2 hours)
  • Pack the peel into hot, dry sterilised bottles, fill with the syrup and seal immediately.
This should fill 5 300 gram bottles. The mistake I made was to put too much peel in each bottle.  It would be better to fill the jar 3/4 fill of peel and the balance syrup.

Enjoy on a fresh slice of bread or toast. What's your favourite home made jam ?


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  1. I've just made this-so excited to have found a South African recipe! Definitely one for my recipe book. Thank you! :)


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