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Do you have a recipe for cantaloupe preserves?

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Ingredients: 1 pound cantaloupe flesh
3/4 pounds sugar
1 lemon

Instructions: Cut cantaloupe into sections. Remove seeds. Cut the more tender portion of pulp for fresh use. Remove rind. Cut firm portion of pulp into uniform pieces. Add sugar to melon in alternate layers of melon and sugar. Let stand 24 hours. Add the juice of one lemon. Bring to boil and boil quickly until the fruit is clear and tender. Place fruit in shallow trays. If syrup is too thin, continue cooking until the desired consistency is reached. Pour hot syrup over fruit and let stand overnight so fruit will plump. Pack cold in sterilized jars, seal, and process at simmering temperature for 30 minutes.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University in July 2004

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