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Watermelon Preserves

Watermelon Preserves

Keep the flavor of summer handy all year with Watermelon Preserves! The American Heart Association has recognized watermelon's nutritional properties by giving it the "heart healthy" seal of approval. Now research has shed new light on its potential health benefits. Watermelon is fat free, nutritionally low in calories and considered an ideal diet food.

Ingredients

2 pounds watermelon
3 cups white sugar
3 lemons, rinsed, sliced and seeded

Directions

Remove the green rind of the melon, and dice the white part into small cubes, leaving the red flesh mostly intact. Remove seeds.

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 so the jam will set.

Transfer the preserves to hot sterile jars, and seal. Check the seals after a few hours. Process any unsealed jars in a water bath.

Refrigerate preserves after seal is broken.

Note: Preserves are similar to jam but the fruit is in larger pieces.

Variation: Watermelon Jam

3 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups finely chopped seeded watermelon (do not puree)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 package (1.75 ounces) powered fruit pectin
3/4 cup water

In large bowl, stir together sugar, watermelon and lemon juice. Set aside for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. In small saucepan, blend fruit pectin and water. Bring mixture to boil over high heat; boil, stirring, for one minute. Stir pectin mixture into watermelon mixture. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved, about three minutes. Quickly pour into jars and cover. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours to set. Store jam in refrigerator for up to three weeks. Makes about 4 cups.

Nutrition information per 1-tablespoon jam: Calories: 38; Total Fat: 0; Carbohydrate: 10mg; Sodium: 0.4mg

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1-tablespoon jam.
Calories: 38; Total Fat: 0; 10mg; 0.4mg

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