Fresh Raspberry-Vanilla Preserves

I’ve always wanted to make jelly or jam, but figured I would need canning equipment to do it. Nope! This was super easy, and was really good! It does take some time (I let my raspberries sit overnight).

rating: 9

Fresh Raspberry-Vanilla Preserves
(Cooking Light, May 2016)

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 pounds fresh raspberries
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 kiwi, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons unsalted butter

Directions:

1. Combine sugar, salt, and raspberries in a medium bowl. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to raspberry mixture. Cover and let stand at room temperature at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Place raspberry mixture in a fine sieve over a bowl. Press on solids with a spatula to extract liquid; reserve solids. Place raspberry liquid in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook 6 minutes, stirring frequently. Add reserved solids and any remaining liquid to pan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add kiwi; reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes or until mixture has thickened and bubbles pop slowly on the surface. Remove pan from heat; cool 5 minutes. Discard bean. Stir in butter until melted. Cool completely. Place in an airtight container; refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

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