Preserving Fresh Fruit

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By Joyce Goldstein

Photo courtesy of Ten Speed Press.

Whether you grow your own fruit or purchase it at the local farmers market, now is the time to preserve that delicious flavor so you can enjoy it all year long. Following are a few recipes you and your family are sure to enjoy.


Golden Mango and Lemon Chutney

Apricots in Fragrant Syrup

Rhubarb, Strawberry, and Rose Jam

Plate Test

A plate test is done to test the texture and set of preserves. Simply drop a spoonful of hot preserves on a frozen plate, turn the plate vertical for 1 to 2 seconds, then return it to a horizontal position. If the preserves are set, they won’t run much and will set up semi-firmly when put back in the freezer for a few minutes. This is a “firm set.” On the other hand, a “soft set” means that the preserves won’t set up firm. Instead, they will mound on a spoon or plate.

If a plate test reveals that the preserves aren’t ready, cook them a little longer, and then do another plate test.

Reprinted with permission from Jam Session by Joyce Goldstein ©2018, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Create Mouthwatering Spreads for Baked Goods

Bread and butter, toast and jam, scones and clotted cream: Baked goods have a long tradition of being paired with spreads to make their flavors and textures sing. Author and baker Sarah Owens takes these simple pairings in fresh new directions. Spread some Strawberry and Meyer Lemon Preserves on a piece of Buckwheat Milk Bread for a special springtime treat. This title is available from the Capper’s Farmer Store or by calling 800-234-3368. Mention promo code MCFPAJZ2. Item #8975.

Published on Mar 26, 2019