Very Cherry (Canning)
Some people like this jam with cinnamon, allspice, or cloves. If you want to add spices, about ½ teaspoon each does the trick.
INGREDIENTS | MAKES 3 PINTS
- 1 quart Bing cherries, chopped and pitted
- 1 3-ounce package powdered pectin
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup cherry liqueur
- 4 ½ cups sugar
Put all ingredients except sugar in a large pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring regularly. Add sugar; continue stirring until completely dissolved.
Continue boiling 2 minutes after sugar dissolves; ladle into hot jars, leaving ¼" headspace.
Cap and process 10 minutes in hot-water bath.
Cheering for Cherries
Cherry trees originated in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. They’re actually part of the rose family. They were cultivated as early as 300 b.c.e., making them one of the oldest cultivated fruits. While there are thousands of types of cherries in the world, the Bing cherry, developed in the late nineteenth century, is the best seller.