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Celestial Cherry Conserve

This recipe produces a rich, concentrated flavor that works perfectly on toast, ice cream or cheesecake. I have also had great results when substituting strawberries, blueberries, mango and complementary herbal teas. &dmash;Maureen Delves, Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Process: 5 min.
  • Makes
    6 half-pints

Ingredients

  • 2 medium oranges
  • 6 cups fresh dark sweet cherries, pitted
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 individual black cherry or wild berry herbal tea bags
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 pouch (3 ounces) liquid fruit pectin

Directions

  • Grate zest from the oranges; set zest aside. Peel oranges and discard peel; chop the oranges. In a large saucepan, combine cherries, sugar, lemon juice and chopped oranges. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 6-8 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Meanwhile, place tea bags in a small bowl. Add boiling water. Cover and steep 5-6 minutes. Discard tea bags; add liquid to cherry mixture. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from the heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into six hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 72 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 18g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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