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Cherry Almond Preserves Recipe
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Cherry Almond Preserves Recipe

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This recipe came from my mother-in-law. It's very old-fashioned—in fact, the friend who gave it to her used to cook it up on an old wood stove. With all the cherry orchards here in Bitterroot Valley, I make two batches of these preserves each summer. (I get the cherries from a nearby cannery by the gallons!) My family likes them on fresh bread, muffins, pancakes and even ice cream—the consistency's similar to a topping. I have to be careful, though, and ration the jars out or they'd be the first thing to disappear from the root cellar! Both my husband and I serve as 4-H leaders. We have three children—girls 16 and 14 and a son who's 12.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 10 min.
MAKES:88 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Process: 10 min.
MAKES: 88 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 cups pitted sour cherries (about 4 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 10 cups sugar
  • 2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 106 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

Directions

  1. In a stock pot, bring the cherries and water to a boil; boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 4 minutes. Stir in pectin; return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in extract. Skim off foam.
  3. Carefully ladle into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 11 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 Cherry Almond Preserves in Country Woman July/August 1994, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 tablespoons) equals 106 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 15, 2013

This recipe is delicious. I get raves every time I make it. Sometimes I need to add another packet of pectin.

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Reviewed Jan. 31, 2012

delicious and thick enough to spread

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

When I have purchased cherries, they usually come in juice. For this recipe, does the 8 cups of cherries include the juice, or do they need to be drained?

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