Apple-Canned Cherries: A Delicious Canning Recipe

Canning cherries in apple juice is a delightful way to preserve the sweet and juicy flavors of cher while adding a touch of apple goodness. This simple versatile recipe allows you to enjoy the taste of summer cher all year round. In this essay, I will provide comprehensive guide to canning cherries in apple juice, that their flavors remain intact ready to be enjoyed whenever cravings.

To start, selectries that are ripe,, and free from any bishes. Sweet cherries such as Bing or Rainier, work best for this recipe, but you can use any variety that suits your. It’s important to pit the cherries to remove the seeds, as they can impart a bitter taste to final product. You can do this manually using a cherry pitter or opt for a more convenient cherry pitting tool available in the market.

Once the cherries are pitted, it’s time to prepare the homemade apple juice. To make the apple juice, select fresh, sweet apples, such as Gala or Fuji, as they add a pleasant sweetness to the final product. Wash the apples thoroughly, remove the core and seeds, and chop them into small pieces. Add the apple pieces to a pot with a small amount of water, and simmer them until they become soft and tender.

At this point, you can strain the apple mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or use a food mill to extract the juice. The resulting liquid will be a delicious apple juice that will serve as the preserving liquid for the cherries. Let the apple juice cool to room temperature before proceeding with the canning process.

To can the cherries in apple juice, you will need sterilized canning jars and lids. To sterilize the jars, wash them thoroughly with hot soapy water, rinse well, and place them in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes. Sterilize the lids separately by placing them in a bowl of boiling water. This step helps to ensure that the jars are completely clean and free from any bacteria or microorganisms.

Fill the sterilized jars with the pitted cherries, leaving enough headspace at the top to allow for expansion during the canning process. Pour the cooled apple juice over the cherries, ensuring that they are fully covered, but still leaving a bit of headspace. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean, damp cloth to ensure a proper seal when the lids are applied.

Secure the lids tightly onto the jars and process them in a water bath canner for the recommended time, usually around 15 minutes. This step helps to create a vacuum seal in the jars, making them safe for long-term storage. After processing, carefully remove the jars from the canner and let them cool on a clean kitchen towel. You will likely hear a satisfying “pop” sound as the jars seal and create a vacuum.

Once the canned cherries in apple juice have cooled and the seals have set, you can store them in a cool and dark place for future enjoyment. The flavors of the cherries will continue to develop and intensify over time, making them a delightful addition to desserts, breakfasts, or even enjoyed on their own. The apple juice adds a subtle sweetness and complements the cherries perfectly, elevating their natural flavors.

Canning cherries in apple juice is a wonderful way to capture the essence of fresh cherries and preserve their flavors to be enjoyed throughout the year. By following this simple and delicious recipe, you can create jars full of luscious cherries immersed in sweet and refreshing apple juice. So, roll up your sleeves, gather some cherries and apples, and embark on this flavorful canning journey that promises a taste of summer in every jar.

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