Canning is a common method of processing fruit for later usage. Tropical fruit such as papaya is a good choice for canning. This is a guide about canning papayas.
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If you like papayas, canning them makes it easy to enjoy them any time of year.
To prepare the jars, they can be washed in a dishwasher if it has a sanitized cycle. The jars can be left in the dishwasher on a heat cycle. The lids need to be washed and left in the hot water. The canner needs to be filled so that there will be an inch of boiling water over the top of the jars.
Before cleaning the papayas, you need to make a simple syrup. Papayas need a medium to heavy syrup for canning. For medium syrup, you need 3 cups of sugar and 4 cups water. For heavy syrup, you need 4 3/4 cups sugar and 4 cups of water. The syrup should be heated slowly to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, the syrup needs to gently boil for a few minutes. Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to each quart of syrup.
Papayas like any fruit to be canned need to be firm and ripe. They need to be washed in cool to lukewarm water. Once clean, they need to be peeled and the seeds need to be removed. The fruit then needs to be cut up into pieces.
By Mary Belk
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