Simple Cherry Preserves Without Pectin

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.
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  • Serves: 80 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Prepare your work area, the canner , jars , lids, and fruit.
  3. Step 3

    Combine the cherries and sugar in a large nonreactive pot ; cover and let stand for 2 to 4 hours.
  4. Step 4

    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.
  5. Step 5

    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. 
  6. Step 6

    Ladle the finished cherry preserves into sterilized jars, leaving about 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe the rims and seal with sterilized lids and rings.
  7. Step 7

    Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath .