Strawberry Basil Preserves

Jams, jellies, fruit butter and preserves are all delicious spreads made with fruit and sugar. Each one uses the fruit differently, but I feel that preserves are one of quickest, easiest and also most delicious ways to use seasonal fruit. Preserves keep the texture of the fruit while natural pectin thickens the spread leaving it slightly more thin and always spreadable. With a few simple ingredients and just a few minutes, you can choose to can it for a long-term shelf life or keep in the refrigerator and use it right away!

Strawberry Basil Preserves
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups strawberries, stemmed, washed and sliced if large
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 2 lemons juiced
  4. 1 lemon rind (remove seeds of juiced lemon and quarter)
  5. 1/4-1/2 cup fresh basil, minced
Instructions
  1. Place strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and rind in a heavy-bottomed 6-quart kettle. A heavy bottom is essential for high sugar content foods to prevent scorching and burning.
  2. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Stir to ensure even cooking. If berries do not break down, use a mashing tool to break them into smaller pieces.
  3. To achieve the correct thickness, bring the preserves to 210 degrees. The thickness can alternatively be checked by placing a small amount on a dish and freezing for a few minutes. Run finger through chilled mixture to check thickness.
  4. Once at temperature, remove from heat and, if canning, pour in readied jars.
  5. Top with lids and rings and place in a boiling water bath for ten minutes.
  6. Remove from water bath and let cool for 12 hours. Check lid to ensure jar has sealed. Any that did not seal can be placed in refrigerator and enjoyed within one month.
  7. If not canning, place in jars or containers unsealed and keep in refrigerator for one month or freeze for up to 6 months.
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Honestly, preserves and canning is so easy. You will love this!

Strawberry Basil Preserves | The Gray Boxwood

Strawberry Basil Preserves | The Gray Boxwood

Strawberry Basil Preserves | The Gray Boxwood

Strawberry Basil Preserves | The Gray Boxwood

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