Sunday, December 26, 2010
Wash and cut up the fruit removing the stems, and boil in a large pot with a little water.
Boil for about 1/2 hour until the fruit has broken down, stirring frequently and watching that the water does not boil out. Strain out the solids in a fine mesh strainer or a jelly bag, measure the liquid and add to a new clean pot. Compost the solids and bring the liquid back to a boil. Add juice of a couple of lemons and sweetener to taste, about half as many cups sweetener than liquid or a little less than half. I used organic cane sugar because I didn't want to boil my raw honey. (If you use honey you may want to add some pectin.) Simmer for a while until it reduces to about half. Pour into clean jars and let set.
On the topic of making things from scratch, one of my current favorite library books is Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It, and Other Cooking Projects, by Karen Solomon. The recipes for hot sauce and ginger beer are both amazing!!! We have also recently tried her recommendations for curing olives so we'll see how that goes.