Best Cherry Preserves

Recipe by Melaine
YIELD: 3 pints




  • Sterilize your jars and keep them hot while you're cooking the preserves.
  • Place cherries in a large, heavy duty dutch oven.
  • Combine pectin with 1/4 cup sugar; stir into cherries, Add butter.
  • Bring to a full boil, stirring, over high heat.
  • Add 3 more cups sugar and return to a boil , stirring constantly, boil 1 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; skim off foam.
  • Immediately spoon preserves into 3 one pint sterilized jars, leaving 1/4" headspace.
  • Wipe the sealing surface of the jars with a clean paper towel, dampened with hot water, to remove any preserves or sugar crystals.
  • Place lids and screw on bands fingertip tight.
  • Process in a boiling water bath for at least ten minutes, depending upon your altitude.
  • When the jars have been processed in boiling water for the recommended time, turn off the heat and remove the canner lid; wait 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner using a jar lifter and keeping jars upright. Carefully place them directly onto a towel or cake cooling rack to protect your countertop, leaving at least one inch of space between the jars during cooling. Avoid placing the jars on a cold surface or in a cold draft.
  • After jars have cooled undisturbed for 24 hours, remove ring bands from sealed jars. Put any unsealed jars in the refrigerator and use first.