Sunday, December 4, 2011

How to Make Homemade Fruit Syrup

Making Fruit Syrup at home can be quite easy.  A lot of people like to make big batches and then can them.  However, I like making one to two jars at a time, which requires no canning and takes a little under an hour to make.  I can have some syrup going in no time and let it cook while I am doing dishes.  Here's a quick syrup recipe that will work with most types of fruit.

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
10 - 16 oz frozen or fresh fruit

Stir water and sugar together in a small pan until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Lower heat to medium and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in fruit and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes or until the mixture has the consistancy of syrup. I test this by letting the liquid drip off a spoon into the pot. If it pours quickly, it is not thick enough, but if it drips slowly, it is ready.

Pour syrup into a clean jar, put a lid on it and place it in the refrigerator.  Since you are making only one jar, there is no need to waste an unused canning lid. Use one which has already had the seal broken.

If you end up with more than one jar, be sure to clean and sterilize the jar and lid you will use to can the additional syrup. Pour the syrup into the jar while it is still boiling. Leave at least half an inch of room at the top of the jar. Thoroughly, wipe and dry the top of the jar before placing the canning lid on top. While holding down the canning lid, screw on the lid ring snugly but not tightly. Wrap the jar with dish towels to keep in the heat. Let sit over night and then check the seal on the lid by pushing down in the middle. If it pops, the seal did not form and it is best to refrigerate.

Alternately, some people feel safer using a boiling water bath for canning.  If you have one or two jars, simply place the jars in a regular pot that is high enough that the jars can be submerged at least one inch in water.  Boil water with the jars in it for about 35 minutes.  This time will be increased for high altitudes.

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