Blue Ribbon Spiced Cherry Amaretto Jam Recipe
- Yields: 6 half-pints
1Prepare six half-pint jars according to manufacturer’s instructions. Keep hot until filled.
2Measure sugar into dry container and set aside.
3Measure 4 cups chopped cherries into 6-quart or 8-quart saucepan; stir in 1 package Mrs. Wages® Fruit Pectin Home Jell®.
4Add lemon juice, salt, and spices, stirring constantly and bring to a boil. When mixture comes to a full boil (a boil that cannot be stirred down), quickly stir in premeasured sugar amount. Stirring constantly, return to a full boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute, add 1/4 cup Amaretto di Saronno liqueur after 30 seconds. Do not overcook pectin as it may break down and prevent gelling.
5Remove from heat and skim off foam.
6Quickly ladle into hot jars. Leave 1⁄4-inch headspace at the top. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe any spilled jam from rims and threads of jars. Cover with hot lids and tighten rings firmly.
7Set hot jars on rack in canner or large saucepot of boiling water. Water must cover jars by 1 or 2 inches. Cover canner and return to boiling. Process for 5 minutes, (begin timer when water has returned to a boil). At altitudes of 1000 feet or higher, increase processing time 1 minute for each 1000 feet of altitude.
8Remove canner from heat, remove lid and let jars sit 5 minutes in canner. Remove jars from canner, set on a clean towel or rack to cool 12-24 hours.
9When cool, check seals. Lids should be down in the center or stay down when pressed. Remove rims, label, date and store in a cool, dark, dry place. Unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used within 3 weeks.
Mrs. Wages Safety notes:
For canning safety, always consider your local altitude when calculating accurate processing times. Read this USDA guide for proper food safety and canning processing guidelines or consult the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s Guide 1 Principles of Home Canning. Also, prepare and process home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions for sterilized jars. Keep jars hot.
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