Tart Cherry Jelly

Store this jelly in cans to use on sandwiches or toast, or try making jelly donuts with this recipe inside.

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  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
  • Makes: 5 half-pint jars
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Process: 5 mins

Tart Cherry Jelly

Directions

  1. Place unpitted fresh cherries or frozen cherries in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot. Add the water. Bring to simmering (do not boil). Simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until cherries are soft and the skins begin to split. Using a potato masher, carefully crush cherries. Remove from heat.
  2. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Ladle cherries into sieve. Using the back of a large spoon, press cherries to release juice; discard pits and pulp. Line a colander with a double layer of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth; place over a large bowl. Strain juice through cheesecloth; do not squeeze cheesecloth or jelly may be cloudy. Measure 3 1/2 cups juice. Discard pulp in cheesecloth.
  3. In the same pot stir together the 3 1/2 cups cherry juice and the pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar. Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.
  4. Ladle hot jelly into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims; adjust lids and screw bands.
  5. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

From the Test Kitchen

Cherry Rosemary-Almond Jelly

Prepare as directed, except stir 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1 tsp. almond extract into jelly after skimming off the foam.

Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 55 calories, 14 g carbohydrate

Tip

For best flavor, choose cherries that are fully ripe. Look for glossy-skinned, chubby cherries with deep color. Discard fruit with cracked or split skin.

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Nutrition Facts (Tart Cherry Jelly)

  • Per serving:
  • 54 kcal ,
  • 0 g fat
  • (0 g sat. fat ,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat ,
  • 0 g monounsaturated fat ),
  • 0 mg chol. ,
  • 0 mg sodium ,
  • 13 g carb. ,
  • 0 g fiber ,
  • 13 g sugar ,
  • 0 g pro.
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