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Preserved Pumpkin


To each pound of pumpkin allow 1 pound of roughly pounded loaf sugar, 1 gill of lemon-juice.


Obtain a good sweet pumpkin; halve it, take out the seeds, and pare off the rind; cut it into neat slices, or into pieces about the size of a five-shilling piece. Weigh the pumpkin, put the slices in a pan or deep dish in layers, with the sugar sprinkled between them; pour the lemon-juice over the top, and let the whole remain for 2 or 3 days. Boil altogether, adding 1/4 pint of water to every 3 lbs. of sugar used until the pumpkin becomes tender; then turn the whole into a pan, where let it remain for a week; then drain off the syrup, boil it until it is quite thick; skim, and pour it, boiling, over the pumpkin. A little bruised ginger and lemon-rind, thinly pared, may be boiled in the syrup to flavour the pumpkin.

Time: From 1/2 to 3/4 hour to boil the pumpkin tender.

Seasonable in September and October; but better when made in the latter month, as the pumpkin is then quite ripe.

Note: Vegetable marrows are very good prepared in the same manner, but are not quite so rich.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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