Since I have been away quite a bit lately helping my mother recover from her fall, I try to spend some quality time with Mr. Brown Socks when I am back home. He loves to garden and we eat, give away and Yes, even can or freeze some of our produce.
Just beyond the edge of our property before you step into the woods
Mr. Brown Socks has planted several Nanking Cherry Bushes. These are a small, sour cherry.
Have you ever heard of them?
I used to think they were pretty much worthless because they have a pit almost as big as the cherry.
This is the third year of their growth and we have a bumper crop.
When Dear Husband suggested we make jelly I wasn’t enthused. Being the good wife I am and realizing I have been away so much I went out and helped pick and pick and pick these little beauties.
Aren’t they the prettiest shade of red you ever did see?
We cooked them up and turned them into jam.
Does anyone else but us do things like this anymore??
Ummm, the last little bit was placed in the fridge to enjoy immediately on toast or pancakes.
We made two batches, so we will have some to give away. This is the first batch. The second batch we experimented and didn’t use quite as much sugar. That is always a risk because often times it won’t set up. It took a little longer, but after a couple of days it is also a pretty good consistency.
Sour Cherry Jam
3 lbs. sour cherries (about 4 cups)
7 cups sugar
6 oz. liquid fruit pectin
1 teaspoon almond extract (My suggestion ~~ double this for a very flavorful cherry jam!)
1. Wash, stem, and pit cherries
2. Chop them into small pieces
3. Put fruit and sugar in a large saucepan.
4. Boil hard for 1 minute
5. Remove from heat and stir in liquid pectin
6. Skim foam and add almond extract
7. Put in jars and seal with hot lids.
8. Some place in a hot water bath, but we live on the edge and do not!
I came home yesterday to his dishes NEATLY piled in the sink
And a creative way to dry the dishcloth from the dishes he DID wash!
I hope you’ll join these ladies. There are always excellent recipes and inspiring gardens to view!
Nice for you to stop by!