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Apricot Rhubarb Conserve Recipe

"I originally made this conserve to use on breads and muffins, but I've also found it makes an excellent sweetener for my tea," relates Laurae Fortner-Welch of Big Lake, Alaska.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 10 min. YIELD:56 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried apricots, finely chopped
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 4 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed and undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped orange pulp and peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped lemon pulp and peel
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • 1. Place apricots in a bowl and cover with water; soak overnight. Drain and place in a Dutch oven. Add sugar, rhubarb, orange and lemon. Cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 220°, stirring frequently. Stir in walnuts.
  • 2. Carefully ladle hot mixture into seven hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. . Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • 3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool. Yield: 7 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 103 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, trace protein.