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Cherry Preserves

Cherry Preserves

Cherry preserves are so pretty when the whole cherries are still intact The refreshing tartness and bright red color of these preserves will cheer you up.

Ingredients: as much as you want

Cherries
as much as you want
Sugar
40% of the cherries in weight
Lemon juice
5% of the cherries in weight

Steps

1. Wash the cherries and pat dry or air dry.
2. Remove the pits from each cherry. If you press on them lightly the pits should pop from the stem end.
3. Mix the sugar with the cherries and leave overnight. Moisture will come out of the cherries.
4. Put the cherries with the liquid and all in a pan, and cook over medium-high heat. Add the lemon juice.
5. Remove the scum. Since we want the preserves to be bright red when done, just simmer for up to 20 minutes.
6. Pour into jars while still hot. I use a large funnel.
7. Fill the jars up to the brim. Screw on the lids right away, and then turn the jars upside down. The lids will become sterilized due to the heat of of the preserves, so you can store it for a long time.
8. Done. If you want this to have a jam-like thick texture, add pectin when you simmer it.
9. Use it on bread, mix into yogurt, etc. Here I have used it as a topping on milk custard pudding.
10. Fig preserves (fig jam) is made with the same ratio of fruit to sugar.
11. Spoon a generous portion over pancakes Recipe ID: 2126134.

Story Behind this Recipe

We have a cherry tree in our yard, so I make this every year. Adjust the sweetness to taste.