Preserving Cherries

by Josée

I waffled on this one. I wanted to preserve cherries, Sweetpea got sick so I didn’t want to anymore, then I came across some beautiful Okanagan cherries at the farmers’ market and there was no turning back. Twenty pounds of cherries is a decent amount. Once you start pitting them it feels like a ridiculous amount.

This is the first time I’ve preserved cherries so I didn’t want to can a lot of them just to discover that nobody will eat them. I put up seven pints of cherries in light syrup, two pints of cherries in brandy and five half-pints of cherry jam from Canning for a New Generation.

The rest of the cherries were dehydrated for snacking and baking. That came to one and a half quarts of dried cherries.

Unfortunately, three of cherry jams didn’t seal. I’m not sure why. I haven’t had bad seals with my Tattler lids for a few batched now. I can’t figure out what went wrong. But, it is very frustrating to have three half-pints of hard work sitting in the fridge instead of the pantry downstairs. What do you do with jams that don’t seal?

Because I already have a few jars of jam in the fridge I opted to make jam thumbprint cookies from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. That used up one jar of jam. I may just freeze the other two jars for now.

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Chelsea Rae July 27, 2011 - 11:21 pm

One of the canning blogs (food in jars maybe?) did a great post with recipes to use up extra jam. I did a coffee cake with jam in the middle and it was delicious!

How is the cherry jam? Is it yummy? Which recipe did you use?

Elisa July 27, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Yum!! What a pity (no pun intended) about the jam. =(

Josée July 28, 2011 - 12:00 am

The cherry jam is tasty. I left it pretty chunky. I think I'd like it smoother next time. The recipe is from Canning for a New Generation. Such a great book 🙂

Chantell July 28, 2011 - 2:34 am

I love the dehydrator!!! How much $ do they run at? …..

cindyswobblog July 28, 2011 - 5:18 am

Yum cherries! Looks AMAZING 🙂 Great job!

Josée July 28, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Thanks Cindy 🙂

@ Chantell – good question, I'll have to ask my Hubby if he knows.


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