To preserve Damsons Whole

Method

Take some Damsons and cut them in Pieces, and put them in a Skillet over the Fire, with as much Water as will cover them. When they are boiled, and the Liquor pretty strong, strain it out: Add for every Pound of your whole Damsons wiped clean, a Pound of single refined Sugar, put the third Part of your Sugar into the Liquor, and set it over the Fire, and when it simmers, put in your Damsons. Let them have one good boil, and take them off for half an Hour, covered up close; then set them on again, and let them simmer over the Fire, after turning them, then take them out and put them in a Bason, and strew all the Sugar that was left on them, and pour the hot Liquor over them, and cover them up, and let them stand till next Day; then boil them up again till they are enough. Take them up, and put them in Pots; boil the Liquor till it jellies, and pour it on them when it is almost cold, so paper them up.

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