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Apricot-Orange Conserve Without Added Pectin

3 1/2 cups chopped drained apricots (abt two 20-oz cans unpeeled apricots, or 1 lb dried apricots)
1 1/2 cups orange juice - (3 or 4 med oranges)
Peel of 1/2 orange -- shredded very fine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts

To prepare dried apricots. Cook apricots uncovered in 3 cups water until tender (about 20 minutes); drain and chop.

To make conserve. Combine all ingredients except nuts. Cook to 9 degrees above the boiling point of water or until thick, stirring constantly. Add nuts; stir well.

Remove from heat; skim. Pour immediately into hot, sterile canning jars to 1/4 inch from top. Seal, and process 5 minutes in boiling water bath.

This recipe yields about 5 half-pint jars.

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