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Sour Cherry Preserves Recipe

By Tammy Kimbler


2 lbs sour cherries, pitted (about 1 quart)

2 cups sugar

2 tsp Pomona Pectin

2 tsp Pomona Calcium Water

1/4 tsp almond extract


Wash and sterilize 5, 1/2 pint jars.  Keep jars in hot water along with their lids.  Combine pectin power with sugar.  In a pot add the calcium water and sour cherries.  Bring the water and cherries to a boil, then add the sugar/pectin mixture.  Over medium heat stir the mixture quickly to dissolve the sugar and pectin.  Return the jam to a boil and simmer, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.

Remove the jars from the hot water.  Fill the jars with hot jam, leaving 1/2” head room.  Wipe the rims with a paper towel dipped in hot water to remove any jam drips.  Seal the jars with the hot lids.  Return the jars to the hot water and bring to a boil.  Process the jam for 10 minutes.  Remove to a rack and cool.  Enjoy the lid-popping background music.  Makes 4-5 1/2 pints.

Sour Cherry Pit Vodka Recipe

By Tammy Kimbler


Pits from 2lbs sour cherries

Clean glass bottle or jar



Fill your bottle with sour cherry pits, pouring in any extra juice from the pitting process.  Top with vodka.  My bottle held about 12 oz of pits and vodka combined.  Refrigerate for at least one week, but I’m guessing longer might be better.  Throw a shot of this in a tall glass with ice, a squeeze of lemon and a splash of champaign.  *Sigh*

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