Simple Cherry Preserves Without Pectin
These simple cherry preserves are made with fresh pitted cherries and sugar. The no-pectin cherry preserves are easy and delicious.
- Serves: 80 persons
- 8cups sweet cherries (pitted)
- 4cups sugar
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Prepare your work area, the canner , jars , lids, and fruit.
Step 3Combine the cherries and sugar in a large nonreactive pot ; cover and let stand for 2 to 4 hours.
Step 4Bring 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.
Step 5To 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.
Step 6Ladle the finished cherry preserves into sterilized jars, leaving about 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe the rims and seal with sterilized lids and rings.
Step 7Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath .