The fruit seller on the roadside had a pile of really good looking guavas. Big, pale green and ripe guavas which when cut reveal a bright pink inside. Really fragrant and flavorful. These once bought need to be finished in a hurry as they do not last long. Making guava jelly is a great way to preserve this wonderful fruit.
5 – 6 Guava cut into small pieces
Add enough water to just cover guava in a pan.
Cook gently with lid on for about 1 hour.
Strain off juice with a cheese cloth to ensure that no pulp in the strained juice.
Add 1 cup of sugar and juice of 1 lemon for each cup of clear juice.
Boil till a drop of the jelly will hold its shape in a bowl of water.
- Let cool slightly and pour into a clean glass bottle.
- Enjoy with crisp hot toast or paranthas.
Guava Jelly Recipe 2
Wash very ripe guavas and remove the eyes. Cut into halves and place them in a saucepan and put water about 2 inches above the guavas. Boil till the guavas are soft. Then remove the guavas carefully with a spoon, draining them as you remove one by one. Now allow the liquid to settle. Then tie a piece of coarse cloth to a saucepan and strain this liquid without stirring the sediment. Leave the sediment aside for your jam.
Now weigh this liquid and for every cup of it add a cup of sugar. Keep it on the fire and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the juice of a lime or half a lime, according to the quantity. Stir for about 5 minutes, then let it go on boiling.
As soon as it starts foaming up, stir or lift up with a ladle and pour it back. Go on doing this for some minutes lest it overflows. Then take a saucer with a little water. Put a drop of this jelly into it. If it dissolves it is not ready. Test it from time to time until a drop settles like a bead and does not dissolve even if you shake the saucer. As soon as a drop settles, take saucepan off the fire immediately lest it turn rubbery. When still warm, bottle it, leaving the bottle open till it is cold.
Did you know?
A guava tree will produce fruit for over thirty years.
While more white guava than pink is produced worldwide, pink is far more popular.
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