Homemade Strawberry Preserves

My 17-year-old son’s face lit up when he sneaked the first spoonful from the bottom of the Dutch oven. He said these were the best strawberry preserves he ever had. He enjoyed the last of the warm, rich flavors before I took the pot away to wash.

Made from vine-ripened fruit, these preserves catch the fresh full flavor of summer strawberries. With a biscuit and a little butter, you’ve got a bit of Heaven right here.

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Homemade Strawberry Preserves

  • 6 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and chopped
  • zest of 1 large lemon
  • juice of 2 large lemons
  • 2 cups sugar

Place chopped strawberries in a Dutch oven and mash with a potato masher until broken. Add in lemon zest and juice.

Heat strawberries over medium-high heat. Mix in sugar. Reducee heat to medium, and stir frequently until strawberries are “set,” about 15 to 20 minutes. Preserves are set when they do not drip off a frozen teaspoon.

Ladle preserves into prepared mason jars, seal, and process in a hot water bath for 5 minutes. If you do not wish to can the preserves, place in freezer-proof containers and freeze for up to a year.

 

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