Let’s Jam

55c00e601ce9b72209e5be4c58211fd9Summer is coming and if you’re like me, you are ready for some delicious fresh fruit. I spent many hours as a kid picking fruit from my great aunt’s cherry tree, and then many more hours removing the pits. My brother, sister & I would lean precariously off step ladders under the trees trying to reach the best (ripest) ones. My mom would use some of the cherries to make pies, but mostly she made cherry jelly.

Marylin’s Cherry Jelly

5 cups sugar

4 cups pitted, chopped sweet cherries

1 1 ¾ –ounce box regular powdered fruit pectin

¼ cup lemon juice

½ teaspoon butter (optional, antifoaming agent)

¼ teaspoon ascorbic acid crystals

Wash, pit, and chop the cherries, with a pinch of ascorbic acid crystal. Mix together the cherries, lemon juice, butter and pectin. Wait 10 minutes; boil for 1 minute. Add the sugar; boil for 1 more minute.

Mom always used sealing wax on her fruit jars, although I don’t know if it’s done much anymore.

The library has many books on fruit and vegetable canning. You can find them in the Cooking Neighborhood, just look for dewey number 641.72.