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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Recently I headed to the fruit orchard and got a great deal on several different fresh fruits and combined them to make a homemade fruit cocktail which I canned. Depending on the size of your fruits...this home canning recipe will make 6-8 pint jars or 4-5 quart jars.
Home Canning - Fruit Cocktail Recipe
6 to 9 lbs. fresh fruit (green seedless grapes, peaches, pears, cherries, pineapple, nectarines and yellow plums are what I use).
1 batch canning syrup - I use light and recipe is below
Prep: Wash fruit under cold running water, drain. Peel fruit and remove pits and/or seeds. Cut fruit into 1/2" chunks except for the cherries and the grapes.
Cook: Prepare syrup (recipe below) in a large saucepan and bring to a full boil over medium to high heat. Cook fruit in syrup just until all of the fruit is hot.
Fill: Pack the hot fruit into a hot canning jar and ladle hot syrup on top...leaving 1/2" headspace at the top. Clean jar rims, add the seal and band until it's finger-tip tight. Place jar on elevated rack over simmering water in your boiling water bath canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.
Process: Lower rack into simmering water. Turn up the heat and bring water to a full boil. Make sure water covers the top of your jars by at least 1". Process your jars in boiling water (pint jars for 20 minutes and quart jars for 25 minutes). Turn off the heat and let the jars sit in the hot water for an additional 5 minutes. Remove them from the canner and let them cool. In a few hours double check all seals to make sure they sealed properly.
Light Canning Syrup Recipe
In a large saucepan combine together 5 3/4 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar. Heat over medium heat until all of the sugar has dissolved. Keep the syrup hot (on a low temperature) until you are ready to use it.
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