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Papa's Cherry Preserves

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 25

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Ingredients You'll Need

4 1/2 cups pitted and chopped sour cherries
7 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional: I never use it)
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 6-ounce bottle pectin


Measure the prepared cherries into a large, heavy kettle. Add the

sugar and stir well. Place over high heat and, stirring constantly,

bring quickly to a full boil, with bubbles over the entire surface.

Add the remaining ingredients except the pectin. Boil hard for 1

minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and add the

pectin. Skim off any foam. Ladle into 8 hot half-pint jars.

Seal, then process for 4 minutes in a hot water bath, counting

the time from when the water comes again to a rolling boil after

immersing the jars.

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