Cantaloupe or Honeydew Preserves

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READY IN: 46mins
SERVES: 9-10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    lb cantaloupe balls (peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes, should be 2 1/2-3 cups) or 1 lb honeydew, cubes (peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes, should be 2 1/2-3 cups)
  • ice water
  • 12
    cup Everclear alcohol or 1/2 cup vodka
  • 4
    cups sugar
  • 1
    cup water
  • 1
    piece dried ginger (small piece)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Drop melon into boiling water.
  • Let water return to a boil, then drain.
  • Rinse with ice water, and let drain for 20 minutes.
  • Spread the melon on a platter, sprinkle with alcohol and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Make a syrup by mixing 2 cups of the sugar with the cup of water.
  • Add the ginger to the syrup and cook mixture over low heat, gradually adding the rest of the sugar.
  • Add the melon to the syrup and continue cooking until melon becomes transparent.
  • Remove the ginger.
  • When mixture has cooled, place in jars and seal.
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