Cape Gooseberry-Rose Preserves
1 Â¼ lb. Cape Gooseberries, husks and stems removed
1 Â½ C. sugar
3 T. bottled Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed is not safe to use)
2 tsp. Rose Water
Place 2 small plates in freezer to chill. In large saucepan, bring gooseberries, sugar, and lemon juice to boil, stirring often, over medium-high heat. Once sugar has completely dissolved, remove pot from heat and crush fruit coarse with potato masher, leaving some berries intact. Return mixture to boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring and adjusting heat as needed, until mixture registers 217 to 220 degrees, 12 to 15 minutes. (Temperature will be lower at higher elevations; click here for more information.) Remove pot from heat. To test consistency, place 1 tsp. preserves on chilled plate and freeze for 2 minutes. Drag your finger through preserves on plate; preserves have correct consistency when your finger leaves distinct trail. If runny, return pot to heat and simmer for 1 to 3 minutes longer before retesting. Skim any foam from surface of preserves using spoon and stir in rose water. Meanwhile, place two 1-C. jars in bowl and place under hot running water until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes; shake dry. 5. Using funnel and ladle, portion hot preserves into hot jars. Let cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate until preserves are set, 12 to 24 hours. (Preserves can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.) You may can for long term storage as well.