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SURE.JELL Sour Cherry Jelly

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Fresh sour cherry juice, sugar and fruit pectin are cooked briefly then processed in a canner to produce gleaming jars of homemade jelly.
time
prep:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 min
servings
total:
5 (1-cup) jars or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
SURE-JELL Premium Fruit Pectin

What You Need

3-1/2
cups  prepared juice (about 3-1/2 lb. fully ripe sour cherries)
1/2
cup  water
1
box  SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin
1/2
tsp.  butter or margarine
4
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
1/4
tsp.  almond extract

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 well before filling jars.

STEM and pit cherries. Finely chop or grind fruit. Place in saucepan; add water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 10 min., stirring occasionally. Place three layers of damp cheesecloth or jelly bag in large bowl. Pour prepared fruit into cheesecloth. Tie cheesecloth closed; hang and let drip into bowl until dripping stops. Press gently. Measure exactly 3-1/2 cups juice into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot. (If needed, add up to 1/2 cup water for exact measure.)

STIR in pectin. 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. Add extract; stir.

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 needed.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 5 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lids springs back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Prepare as directed, using sweet cherries and reducing sugar to 3-1/2 cups.
How to Measure Dry Ingredients Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of dry ingredients, such as sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cup, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife or metal spatula.
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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