2 lbs. cherries -- Bing or Lambert
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 piece star anise
2 tbs. honey
Pick through cherries and remove blemished cherries and remove pits.
Put sugar in a large heavy bottom non aluminum pot. Let stand,
stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves, 5 or 10 minutes.
Add the star anise and simmer over low heat, stirring from time to
time, for 15 minutes. Remove the star anise and stir in the pitted
cherries and the
Raise the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer
about 1 3/4 hours, increasing the heat to medium low after about 1
1/2 hours. Be careful the preserves do not scorch.
Meanwhile wash 4 pint jars or 8 half pint jars. Keep hot until
needed. Prepare lids as manufacturer directs.
After the first 45 minutes of cooking the preserves begin to set
for the gel point with a thermometer. Your there when the
220 degrees at sea level to 1,000 feet
218 degrees at 1,000 feet
216 degrees at 2,000 feet
214 degrees at 3,000 feet
212 degrees at 4,000 feet
211 degrees at 5,000 feet
209 degrees at 6,000 feet
207 degrees at 7,000 feet
205 degrees at 8,000 feet
Ladle the hot preserves into 1 hot jar at a time leaving 1/4 inch
heat space. Wipe jar rim with a clean, damp cloth. Attach lid .Fill
and close remaining jars. Process pints or half pints in a boiling
water canner for 10 minutes (15 minutes at 1,000 feet to 6,000 feet;
20 minutes above 6,000 feet).
Recipe By: The Glass Pantry by Georgeanne Brennan