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Desserts

SURE.JELL Cherry-Almond Jam

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This is fantastic and it makes the whole house smell wonderful. Very very tasty....
posted by
piebaldbully1
on 7/11/2004
time
prep:
45 min
total:
3 hr
servings
total:
About 7 (1-cup) jars or 112 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
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What You Need

3
pkg.  (12 oz. each) frozen sweet cherries, thawed, drained
1/4
cup  almond-flavored liqueur
3
Tbsp.  fresh lemon juice
1
box  SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
1/2
tsp.  butter or margarine
4-1/2
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl

Make It

BRING boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain jars well before filling.

FINELY chop or grind cherries; place in 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. Add liqueur and lemon juice; mix well.

STIR pectin into prepared fruit mixture in saucepot. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.

LADLE immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middle of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Substitute 1/4 tsp. almond extract for the almond-flavored liqueur; stir into saucepot before ladling jam into jars.
Altitude Chart
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
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