Strawberry Margarita Preserves

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      Strawberry Margarita Preserves

      2 quarts strawberries, cleaned
      2 cups pared tart apples
      1/4 cup lemon juice
      4 cups granulated sugar
      1/2 cup tequila
      7 tablespoons triple sec
      2 tablespoons strawberry schnapps

      Hull and halve berries. Measure 6 cups. Peel and core apples, chop and
      measure 2 cups

      Combine berries, apples and lemon juice in a large stainless steel or
      enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil stirring constantly.

      Add sugar to boiling fruit and stir until dissolved.

      Boil gently uncovered, stirring frequently until mixture reaches gel
      stage, about 30 to 40 minutes.

      Prepare six 1/2-pint jars for filling.

      Remove mixture from heat. Stir in tequila, triple sec and schnapps.
      Return to heat and boil for 5 minutes.

      Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove bubbles.

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