Faux Pineapple (Zucchini Pineapple)

Processing: Boiling Water Canner 15-25mins
Storage: 12 months +
Yield: 16 cups
    
Make some faux pineapple using zucchini - they taste just like the real thing ;)
   
Ingredients:
12 cups cubed zucchini
5 ½ cups 100% pineapple juice (fresh, frozen or canned)
1 ½ cups bottled lemon juice
3 cups sugar
  
Prepare jars.
Prepare jars by covering in water and boiling for 10 minutes.
    
Prepare zucchini.
Wash and peel zucchini. Cut into ½ inch (1cm) cubes for faux pineapple pieces – or grate coarsely for faux crushed pineapple.
     
Make faux pineapple.
Combine all ingredients in a large pan. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes.

   
Prepare lids.
Place the lids into a bowl of boiled water. Let the lids warm for a few minutes while you fill the jars, removing the lids from the water when you are ready to place them onto the jars to seal.

   
Fill hot jars with faux pineapple.
Fill the hot jars with the hot faux pineapple (and liquid), filling to ½ inch (1cm) headspace. Remove bubbles, wipe rims and seal.

   
Boiling water canner processing.
Process jars in a boiling water bath canner for the time stated in the chart below. Start the timer once the water returns to a full boil. When the time is up, turn heat off and rest jars in water for 5 minutes before placing onto a towel-covered bench overnight to cool.

    
Processing times for     FAUX PINEAPPLE     in a boiling water canner.
    Jar Size   Altitude  
≤ 1,000 ft.
  Altitude  
1,001 - 6,000 ft.
  Altitude  
> 6,000 ft.
Hot Pack ≤ Pint (500ml or smaller)   15 minutes   20 minutes   25 minutes
    
Next day: check for seals.
Check jars have sealed before labelling and storing in a cool, dry and dark place for up to 12 months.

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