Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Top It Off... Sweet Cherry Topping

Sweet Cherry Topping 
Found on Pinterest

5 cups pitted, halved Bing cherries (about 2.5 pounds as purchased) 

¼ cup water 

2 cups sugar 

1 pouch liquid pectin (3 fl. oz.) 

Yield: 2 pints 

1. Wash and rinse pint or half-pint canning jars; keep hot until ready to fill. Prepare lids and screw bands according to manufacturer’s directions. 

2. Wash cherries well under running water; remove stems and pits. Cut cherries in half. 

3. Measure 5 cups of pitted, halved cherries into a 4-quart Dutch oven. Stir in water. Heat over medium-high heat while stirring to prevent sticking and scorching. Simmer until cherries are softened enough to mash with a potato masher, about 8 to 10 minutes. 

4. Mash cherries with a potato masher. Then stir in 2 cups sugar thoroughly. While stirring over high heat, bring to a full boil that cannot be stirred down. Boil 1 minute. 

5. Remove from heat. Stir in complete pouch of liquid pectin until thoroughly combined. Skim foam from top. 6

. Pour hot cherry topping into clean hot jars, leaving ½-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims with a clean, dampened paper towel and adjust two-piece metal lids and bands. 

7. Process in a boiling water canner for 15 mins for pints and half pints. Let cool, undisturbed, 12 to 24 hours and check for seals.

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