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Strawberry Preserves

Yield 4 half pints

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 quarts strawberries
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Wash and hull strawberries. Combine strawberries and sugar in a large Dutch oven; stir gently to avoid bruising berries; let stand 3 to 4 hours.

  2. Slowly bring strawberry mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves. Stir in lemon juice. Boil 12 minutes or until berries are clear, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and skim off foam with a metal spoon.

  3. Carefully remove fruit from syrup with a slotted spoon, and place in a shallow pan. Bring syrup to a boil; cook about 10 minutes or until syrup has thickened to desired consistency. Pour syrup over fruit. Let stand, uncovered, 12 to 24 hours in a cool place. Shake pan occasionally (do not stir) to allow berries to absorb syrup and remain plump and whole. Skim off foam.

  4. Ladle preserves into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace; cover at once with metal lids, and screw bands tight. Process in boiling-water bath 20 minutes.

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