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Sweet Cherry Jam

Makes: 84 servings
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Yield: 6 half pints
Prep 35 mins Cook 5 mins
Sweet Cherry Jam
  • 3  pounds  fully ripe dark sweet cherries
  • 1 1 3/4 ounce package  regular powdered fruit pectin
  • 1  teaspoon  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/4  cup  lemon juice
  • 5  cups  sugar

1. Sort, wash, stem, pit, and chop cherries. Measure 4 cups chopped cherries.

2. In a 6- or 8-quart Dutch oven or kettle combine cherries, pectin, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Bring to boiling over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.

3. Immediately ladle jam into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars*, leaving 1/4-inch head space. Wipe jar rims and adjust lids. Process jars in boiling-water canner for 5 minutes (start timing when water begins to boil). Remove jars from canner; cool on racks. Makes 6 half-pints (84 one-tablespoon servings).

From the Test KitchenTo present this gift...
  • On the wrong side of the wrapping paper, trace around the jar lid. Cut out a circle 1-1/2 inches beyond the pencil mark. Cut scallops along edge of paper. Clip into edges evenly every 3/4 inch, clipping only to the jar lid line. Place paper circle on lid, under ring, and adjust ring on top of jar. For the tag, cut a rectangle from coordinating paper. Punch stars in where desired. Punch a hole in one corner for ribbon tie. String ribbon through tag and tie around lid. If desired, include a glass jam serving dish and spoon with the gift.
Also try this...
  • Use bright-colored patterned origami papers for one-of-a-kind lid toppers.
To present this gift you will need:
  • Wrapping paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Star-shape paper punch
  • Ribbon
  • Glass jam serving dish (optional)
  • Gold or silver serving spoon (optional)

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