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Celestial Cherry Conserve

 Celestial Cherry Conserve
"This recipe produces a rich, concentrated flavor that works perfectly on toast, ice cream or cheesecake. I have also had great results when substituting strawberries, blueberries, mango and complimentary herbal teas." Maureen Delves, Kamloops, BC
48 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Process: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium oranges
  • 6 cups fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 individual black cherry or wild berry herbal tea bags
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 pouch (3 ounces) liquid fruit pectin

Directions

  • Grate zest from the oranges; set zest aside. Peel oranges and discard
  • peel; chop the oranges. In a large saucepan, combine the cherries,
  • sugar, lemon juice and chopped oranges. Bring to a boil. Reduce
  • heat; simmer, uncovered, for 6-8 minutes or until slightly
  • thickened.
  • Meanwhile, place tea bags in a small bowl. Add boiling water. Cover
  • and steep for 5-6 minutes. Discard tea bags; add liquid to cherry
  • mixture. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring
  • constantly. Stir in pectin. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into hot
  • sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air
  • bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a
  • boiling-water canner.
  • Yield: 6 half-pints.

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Nutritional Facts: 2 tablespoons equals 72 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.