|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 5 half-pint jars (serves 80)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you don't use a candy-making thermometer to gauge the temperature, have a few saucers in the freezer for testing. Once it gets to the gel stage, the mixture will wrinkle slightly as you make a path through it with your finger.
- 8 cups sweet cherries (pitted)
- 4 cups sugar
Gather the ingredients.
Combine the cherries and sugar in a large nonreactive pot; cover and let stand for 2 to 4 hours.
Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture passes a gel test, at about 220 F to 222 F. To be precise, the temperature should be about eight degrees above the boiling point of water, which depends on your altitude.
To test (if you don't use a candy-making thermometer), put a spoonful of the mixture on a chilled plate and then put it in the freezer for a minute. Gently push your finger through the mixture. If it wrinkles as you move your finger through it, the gel point has been reached. If it isn't ready, put another clean saucer in the freezer and give it a few more minutes.
Ladle the finished cherry preserves into sterilized jars, leaving about 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe the rims and seal with sterilized lids and rings.
Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
- If you don't have a cherry pitter, use a plastic or metal straw to remove the pits. Wash the cherries, de-stem them, and push the straw through the stem hole until the pit comes out the bottom of the berry. Wear an apron or old shirt since cherry juice splatters are likely.