Watermelon Preserves

posted by Marlen 08-22-100 9:21 PM

Watermelon Preserves

7 cups watermelon pieces
4 tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice
cold water

Use the firm light pink watermelon flesh; cut in 1 inch pieces. Dissolve salt thoroughly in 8 cups cold water and pour over watermelon pieces; let stand 5 - 6 hours. Drain, rinse well and drain again.

Cover with cold water and let stand 30 minutes; drain. Sprinkle with ginger, cover with water and cook until fork tender; drain.

Combine sugar and lemon juice and 7 cups water. Bring slowly to boiling and boil 5 minutes; add watermelon pieces and boil gently for 30 minutes, then simmer until watermelon is clear about 3 hours.

Pack, boiling hot, into cleaned jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space; adjust caps. Process jars about 20 minutes at 180 F in hot water bath. Yield: 3 (8 ounce) jars.

Note: these are good with ice cream and as a sweet relish.

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