Wild Mountain Huckleberry Preserves
1 lime, coarsely chopped with peel
3-1/2 cups sugar
2-1/2 cups fresh huckleberries, stemmed
Place the lime in a small saucepan and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and
cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh
strainer into a large, non-corrosive pot, pressing against the pulp with the
back of a spoon. Discard the pulp.
Add the sugar and slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently to
keep the sugar from burning. Raise the heat to medium-high, place a candy
thermometer in the syrup, and cook until the syrup registers 235 degrees F
Add the huckleberries. Heat until the mass of berries and syrup is boiling
rapidly (adjust the heat as necessary to prevent the mixture from boiling over).
Continue cooking uncovered, stirring frequently, until droplets fall off a spoon
in sheets (soft-ball stage), about 30 minutes.
Remove from the heat and set aside to cool, stirring occasionally to distribute
the fruit. Ladle the cooled fruit mixture into hot, sterilized jars, leaving
1/2-inch headspace. Wipe off the rims and seal the jars with sterilized rings
and lids. Process in a hot-water bath for 10 minutes.
Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. Once the jars are opened, they can
be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
Makes about 1-1/2 quarts.