Berry Refrigerator Preserves

Berry Refrigerator Preserves


1 quart berries

1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


Makes about a pint.  Wash the berries (if using strawberries remove hulls and quarter them). Alternate layers of berries and sugar in a small non-reactive pot. Bring to a boil, from time to time, then turn the heat down. Stir in the lemon juice and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring often. With a slotted spoon, remove fruit to a small jar. Continue simmering juice until it is reduced by half and becomes syrupy. Pour over the berries and allow to cool. Cover container and keep in refrigerator. My notes: Blackberries generally require more sugar than other berries. If I make more than one jar I keep the extras in the freezer, and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator overnight when I want to use them. This also makes a very nice topping for ice cream, and simple cakes such as a pound cake or Angel Food cake.

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