Watermelon Jam

Watermelon Jam


7 C. watermelon – cut into 1-inch pieces

4 C. granulated sugar

1/4 C. lemon juice

4 T. coarse salt

1 T. ground ginger

Cold water


Dissolve salt thoroughly in 8 C. cold water and pour over watermelon pieces; let stand 5 – 6 hours.  Drain, rinse well and drain again. Cover with cold water and let stand 30 minutes; drain. Sprinkle with ginger, cover with water and cook until fork tender; drain. Combine sugar and lemon juice and 7 C. water. Bring slowly to boiling and boil 5 minutes; add watermelon pieces and boil gently for 30 minutes, then simmer until watermelon is clear about 3 hours. Pack, boiling hot, into cleaned jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space; adjust caps. Process jars about 20 minutes at 180° F in hot water bath.

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