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1 gallon strawberry guavas
juice of one lemon
3 1/2 cups demerrera sugar, divided
1 package low sugar pectin

Wash guavas and place in deep heavy pot over medium heat.
Stir every few minutes until guavas break down.
Cook covered for 30-45 minutes until fruit is soft.
Use a potato masher to break up any large pieces. Let cool, then sieve.
Place sieved guavas and lemon juice in pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
Cook until thickened. Mix together 1/2 cup sugar with pectin.
Slowly whisk into hot guavas and return to strong simmer.
Add remaining sugar and stir to completely incorporate.
Bring to a boil and cook for one minute. Remove from heat.
Ladle into hot jars. Seal and process in a hot water bath for 12 minutes.
Allow jars to cool.
Check seals and store any unsealed jars in the refrigerator.

PRESENTATION Serve as part of a cheese platter. Good with creamy cheeses, like chevre.

Copyright © 2015 Stefanie Samara Hamblen