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Friendship Fruit Starter

20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained
16 oz can peach slices, drained
16 oz can apricot halves, drained
10 oz jar maraschino cherries, drained
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups brandy

Combine all ingredients in a clean, large glass jar. Stir gently
with wooden spoon. Cover and let stand at room temperature for
three weeks, stirring at least twice a week

Serve over ice cream or pound cake, use in recipes or feed as
directed. To keep the starter going, retain at least three cups at
all times.

To feed and maintain: Stir mixture daily. Add one cup sugar and
one cup of pineapple, peaches or cherries every two weeks, alternating
fruits each time and stirring gently.

Brandy should not be required. Do not add fruit more often than
once every two weeks. Do not delay adding fruit for more than one
or two days past schedule.

Cover and let stand at room temperature at least three days before
using. Fruit is fermented when it is translucent. To store, keep
in warm place. Makes about nine cups.

To share: Whenever you have more than six cups of fermented fruit,
you may divide it into two portions, being sure there are at least
three cups in each portion. Do this just before you would do a
normal feeding. Feed each portion. Give one portion to a friend
and keep one for yourself.

Variation: substitute canned fruit cocktail, mandarin oranges or


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