Peach-Cantaloupe-Almond Conserve

"This recipe is from a canning cookbook I bought in 1975; I no longer have the book, but I copied the recipes that we have enjoyed ever since. This is a sweet, delicate-flavored conserve. When I first started canning, I was hesitant to try jams and the like that were "long-cook"---no packaged pectin in the recipe, but I eventually gave it a try and find it just as enjoyable as the "pectin" way. An important point for me is that I use a good, heavy pot for preparing the mixtures. I use fully ripe peaches and cantaloupe for this recipe,"
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins
4-6 jars


  • 4 cups chopped peaches
  • 4 cups chopped cantaloupe
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 12 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 12 cup blanched sliced almonds


  • 1. Mix the cantaloupe and peaches in a heavy pot and bring to a boil---a nice, steady boil, not too high, and stir frequently.
  • 2. Add the sugar and lemon juice and cook until the conserve is thick.
  • 3.Add the nutmeg, salt, orange peel and almonds and continue to cook for three minutes longer.
  • 4. Pour into hot jars and seal.
  • 5. Process in a water-bath canner for ten minutes.

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