Gliko Fraoula (Strawberry Preserve)

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~ Ingredients:

~ 1 kilo of strawberries
~ 1 kilo minus 1 cup of sugar
~ 5 tsp of brandy
~ 6 tbsp of lemon juice
~ Juice of 1/2 a lemon for the finish
strawberry preserves


~ Wash well and cut the stems off the strawberries.
~ Cut in half or quarters if they are too big and place in a pot.
~ Cover with the sugar and mix carefully not to break the strawberries.
~ Add the brandy and the 6 tbsp of lemon juice, cover the pot so nothing falls in it and set aside for about 7 hours for the strawberries to release their liquids.
~ After the strawberries release their liquids, place the pot over low heat and boil for about 6 minutes.
~ The following day place the pot over medium heat and boil until the syrup sets, skimming any foam forming during boiling.
~ Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon towards the end of the syrup setting.
~ Remove the pot from the heat and set aside for the Gliko Fraoula (Strawberry Preserve) to cool down completely.
~ Put into sterilized jars and refrigerate.
~ Good luck and enjoy.