Time to preserve a little conserve

  • Tue Sep 25th, 2012 4:34pm
  • Life

When Stanwood cook Shirley Monteith shared her tried-and-true, jar-made sauerkraut how-to with us in the Sept. 24 Forum column, she thoughtfully included a favorite jelly recipe, too.

“I am also sending along an absolutely divine recipe for a quick and easy-to-make grape conserve using Concord grapes that will soon be on the market,” she says.

“It’s taken from the same source, ‘Summer in a Jar: Making Pickles, Jams &More,’ as the sauerkraut.”

Grape conserve

8 cups Concord grapes (no stems)

1/2 cup water

1 pear, peeled and finely chopped

1/2 lemon, finely chopped

1 1/2-2 cups honey or sugar

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon chopped almonds or walnuts

In a large covered kettle, combine the grapes and water. Cook until the grapes are quite soft, about 10 minutes. Strain through a food mill to remove the seeds and skins. You will have about 4 cups of grape puree.

In a non-aluminum saucepan, combine the grape puree, pear, lemon, honey or sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for about 15 minutes. Add the nuts and continue to boil until the mixture becomes thick, 10 to 15 minutes more. The conserve should have a jam-like consistency.

Remove from the heat. Ladle the hot conserve into clean, hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch head space. Seal. Process in a boiling-water bath or steam canner for 10 minutes. Remove and adjust seals if necessary. Let cool undisturbed for 12 hours.

Store in a cool, dry place. Keep opened jars in the refrigerator.

Makes about 5 half-pints.

Pasties will once again be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Seattle Laestadian Lutheran Church, 22420 102nd Ave. SE, Woodinville (near Maltby). For information on prices or to order online, go to www.harvestmarket.weebly.com.

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