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Apricot & Maraschino Cherry Preserves Recipe
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Apricot & Maraschino Cherry Preserves Recipe

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This chunky spread is so colorful and festive--like fruitcake in a jar! The maraschino cherries, canned pineapple and dried apricots are fruits that are readily available year-round.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours Process: 10 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 2 hours Process: 10 min.
MAKES: 40 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-2/3 cups water
  • 2 cups dried apricots or dried peaches, halved
  • 1 can (20 ounces) unsweetened pineapple chunks, undrained
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) red maraschino cherries, halved and patted dry
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) green maraschino cherries, halved and patted dry

Directions

  1. Place water and apricots in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated. Stir in the pineapple, sugar and lemon juice. Cook and stir for 35-40 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Using a potato masher, mash fruit. Add cherries; bring to a boil. Remove from the heat; skim off foam if necessary. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 5 half-pints.
Editor's Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Originally published as Apricot & Maraschino Cherry Preserves in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p63

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