Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

Tastes like sunshine in a jar! My mom loves cantaloupes and was thrilled to receive a jar for Christmas. Yummy on hot biscuits! This is a Southern, Californian and Mexican/Tex Mex recipe. Melons are grown in these places!


  1. Place the cantaloupe in a bowl and add the lemon juice and rind.
  2. Pour the sugar over the top and let stand overnight.
  3. Transfer to a large kettle and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until thick.
  4. Let cool to room temperature, then stir to keep the fruits evenly distributed.
  5. Pour in hot sterilized glasses and seal.


Most Helpful

This recipe is great,next time I will triple it.It took 2 hours to simmer down.I,m waiting for more of my cantelopes to ripen and will make more.I did add the 11/2 cups of sugar extra .

Chef 13765 September 10, 2002

I found this recipe to taste great but it took forever for it to set up. I believe some of the instructions are missing. I had to add 1 1/2 cups more of sugar in the end to get it to set. It is a great hit with my family though.

Robin Teshon June 17, 2002

Nice. I used less sugar than called for, so it never quite fully set; it has a more preserve-ish consistency, but it's good! Thanks for sharing.

Burgundy Damsel August 31, 2010

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