Low Sugar Strawberry Preserves
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Serves: 4 - 4 oz jars
 
Low Sugar Strawberry Preserves made with simple ingredients create the best tasting fruit preserves you may ever eat. Whole berries swim in every spoonful. Perfect on a fluffy biscuit or baked in a tart.
Ingredients
  • 6½ cups small to medium sized strawberries, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ tsp freshly ground cracked black pepper (optional)
Instructions
  1. First Day: Place cleaned and hulled whole strawberries in large non-aluminum pan. Add sugar, stir well. Cover and allow strawberries to sit for 4 hours to allow the sugar to dissolve and to draw juice from the berries (can sit overnight, if desired). Once sugar has dissolved and bowl has accumulated juice from the berries, place pan over medium heat, add cracked pepper (if using) and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. (foam may form on preserves when cooking. Don't worry, as it sits it will dissolve, leaving preserves bright and beautiful) Once berries have come to a boil, reduce heat to bring the berries to a hard simmer, cook 15 minutes more. Cover, remove from heat and allow berries to sit over night.
  2. Second Day: Return pan to medium heat and bring once again to a boil, stirring occasionally to keep the berries from sticking. Once boiling, reduce heat to a hard simmer, cook 10 minutes more. Cover, remove from heat and allow berries to sit overnight.
  3. Third Day: Return pan to medium heat and bring once again to a boil, stirring continually to keep the berries from sticking. Once boiling, reduce heat to a hard simmer continuing to stir, cook 5 minutes more. Remove preserves from heat. At this time you can process your preserves as you would for jams and jellies in a hot water bath or place jars into the refrigerator.
Recipe by Pure Grace Farms at https://puregracefarms.com/2014/06/low-sugar-strawberry-preserves/