Mixed fruit cocktail

Yield: 6 Pints

Measure Ingredient
3 pounds Peaches
3 pounds Pears
1½ pounds Seedless green grapes (slightly underripe)
10 ounces Jar of maraschino cherries
3 cups Sugar
4 cups Water
\N \N 1,001 - 3,000 ft: 25 min.
\N \N 3,001 - 6,000 ft: 30 min.
\N \N Above 6,000 ft: 35 min.

Yield: About 6 pints

Procedure: Stem and wash grapes, and keep in ascorbic acid solution (See "Ensuring High-Quality Canned Foods"). Dip ripe but firm peaches, a few at a time, in boiling water for 1 to 1-½ minutes to loosen skins. Dip in cold water and slip off skins. Cut in half, remove pits, cut into ½-inch cubes and keep in solution with grapes. Peel, halve, and core pears. Cut into ½-inch cubes, and keep in solution with grapes and peaches. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Drain mixed fruit. Add ½ cup of hot syrup to each jar Then add a few cherries and gently fill the jar with mixed fruit and more hot syrup, leaving ½-inch headspace.

Adjust lids and process according to the recommendations in Table 1.

Table 1. Recommended process time for Mixed Fruit Cocktail in a boiling-water canner.

Style of Pack: Raw. Jar Size: Half-Pints or Pints. Process Time at Altitudes of 0 - 1,000 ft: 20 min.

======================================================= ===== * USDA Agriculture Information Bulletin No. 539 (rev. 1994) * Meal-Master format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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