Because I work from home and can flex my hours, I went on a Tuesday morning...all by myself. I think I looked a little funny going cherry-picking alone. Most people bring kids or parents or someone with them as a fun outing. I, however, was there on a mission.
An hour and fifteen pounds of cherries later, my mission was half accomplished. I drove home (1.5 hrs), gathered up jars and pectin during the week, and anticipated the arrival of my helper - my mother-in-law!
Mom arrived on Friday night and we spent all of Saturday morning de-stemming, pitting, and chopping cherries.
It's the pits! And the cherry-pitter on the left.
We kept about 10 lbs for jam and it yielded 22-8oz jars. 18 were made with regular sugar, 4 were made with Splenda sugar blend. The Splenda jam set really well compared to the sugar-filled jam, but it all still tasted good.
|Lemon zest and juice to add to the cherries, sugar and pectin.|
|Two batches: one with sugar, the other with Splenda Sugar Blend|
|Boiling the filled jars to seal the lids.|
|Keeping the lids and seals in hot water.|
|Waiting for the jars to cool and seal.|
|Mission accomplished! Rhett approves. :o)|