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Cardinal Strawberry Preserves

Ingredients
  Strawberries 1 Cup (16 tbs), crushed
  Strawberries 1 Quart
  Sugar 4 Cup (64 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. Divide whole berries into 3 equal parts.

MAKING
2. In an 8 quart heavy kettle, place crushed berries and add 1 cup sugar; cook with constant stirring until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil.
3. Then, boil for exactly 4 minutes.
4. Add 1/3 of the whole berries and 1 cup sugar; stir until sugar dissolves and bring mixture back to boil; then, boil for another 4 minutes.
5. Add another 1/3rd of whole berries and 1 cup sugar; stir until sugar dissolves and bring mixture back to boil; then, boil for another 4 minutes.
6. Add the remaining 1/3 of berries and 1 cup sugar; stir until sugar dissolves and bring mixture back to boil; then, boil for last 4 minutes.
7. Stir gently to prevent breaking berries and prevent scorching.
8. Remove pan from heat.
9. Into a flat glass utensil similar to a large cake pan, pour the preserved fruit mixture and let stand for 10-12 hours for the fruits to swell.

FINALISING
10. Into hot sterilized jars, ladle mixture leaving 1/8 inch empty on top.
11. Using a clean and dry kitchen towel, wipe the rim of jar and adjust lid.
12. Into a canner of boiling water, place the jars and process for 5 minutes.
13. Remove jars and place over a clean towel.
14. Let the jars cool down and seal completely until they are self-sealing type.

SERVING
15. Use Cardinal Strawberry Preserves for making desserts or topping cakes and muffins.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Method: 
Canning
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Strawberry
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes

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