Spiced Cherry Jam

posted by Lambypie 09-05-100 3:20 PM

Spiced Cherry Jam

4 1/2 cups pitted and chopped cherries (about 3lbs. or 2 quarts whole: can be chopped in food processor after being pitted)
7 cups sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 (6-ounce) bottle pectin

Measure the prepared cherries into a large, heavy kettle. Add the sugar and stir well. Place over high heat and, stirring constantly, bring quickly to a full boil, with bubbles over the entire surface. Add the remaining ingredients except the pectin. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat and add the pectin. Skim off any foam. Ladle into 8 hot (sterilized) half-pint jars. Seal, then process for 4 minutes in a hot water bath, counting the time from when the water comes again to a rolling boil after immersing the jars.

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