To make enough liquid to poach about 2 pounds of fruit, combine 1/2 cup of granulated sugar with 3 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer and use it immediately to poach the fruits, or let it cool. If you're not using it right away, keep it refrigerated, but for no longer than several days. Because the liquid has a relatively low concentration of sugar, it's susceptible to alcoholic fermentation. To poach more than 2 pounds of fruit, change the ingredient amounts accordingly. If you find that you don't have enough liquid to cover a batch of fruit, change the ingredient amounts accordingly. If you find that you don't have enough liquid to cover a batch of fruit, cover the pot during poaching so that fruit that isn't submerged is steamed. Gently turn the fruit over itself after a couple of minutes so that it cooks evenly.
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