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Watermelon All-Natural Jam with NO Preserves

A wonderful watermelon preserve that will keep the flavor of summer handy all year. Great on toast or English muffins.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 2 pounds watermelon
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3 lemons - rinsed, sliced and seeded
  • 1/4 cup raspberries (optional)

 

 

 


Directions

 

  1. Remove the green rind of the melon, and dice the white part into small cubes, leaving the red flesh mostly intact. Remove seeds.
  2. In a heavy stockpot, combine 4 cups of the prepared watermelon, sugar and lemons. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and let the mixture boil slowly for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. The temperature of the mixture should be at 220 degrees F (105 degrees C) so the jam will set.
  3. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Pack the jam into the hot, sterilized jars, filling the jars to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids, and screw on rings.
  4. Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then carefully lower the jars into the pot using a holder. Leave a 2 inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary until the water level is at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a full boil, cover the pot, and process for 10 minutes.

 


 

Hot water Bottle Processing

 

  1. Now you want to process your filled jelly jars to seal them. You need a large canning pot or kettle large enough to submerse the jars. You can buy a canning pot that comes with a metal basket made to hold the jars and lift them out. If you don't have one of these any kettle or pot deep enough to submerse the jars with 2-3 inches of water over the tops is ok.
  2. Don't stack the jars in the hot water bath. Plan to process them in batches of 4 to 6 jars depending on how many your pot holds without crowding.
  3. Start the water heating in this pot on a back burner while the jelly is cooking.
  4. Start timing the processing once the water is boiling. You want the jars to stay in 10 minutes for each batch.
  5. If you don't have the canner with the basket for lifting, use a jar lifter. Regular tongs aren't wide enough to grip the jars and you really don't want to drop one and splash boiling water on yourself or any bystanders.
  6. Once the jars start cooling you'll hear an occasional loud pop. This is the jar sealing. After all the jars have cooled completely check the seal by pressing on the center of the lid. If it pops up and down slightly, it didn't seal.
  7. You can refrigerate the unsealed jars and use those up first if there are only one or two. Or you can re-wipe the rims and start the hot water process over again.
  8. Now all that is left is to chill and enjoy your jellies. These recipes are a great way to hold onto a little bit of summer all year long. The pretty colors look beautiful in a basket for a homemade gift too.

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