Canning Cherries

Canning Cherries

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Canning Cherries

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Quantity: An average of 17-1/2 pounds is needed per canner load of 7 quarts; an average of 11 pounds is needed per canner load of 9 pints. A lug weighs 25 pounds and yields 8 to 12 quarts--an average of 2-1/2 pounds per quart.

    Quality: Select bright, uniformly colored cherries that are mature (of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking).

    Procedure: Stem and wash cherries. Remove pits if desired. If pitted, place cherries in water containing ascorbic acid to prevent stem-end discoloration. If canned unpitted, prick skins onopposite sides with a clean needle to prevent splitting. Cherries may be canned in water, apple juice, white-grape juice, or syrup. If syrup is desired, select and prepare preferred type as directed.

    Hot pack--In a large saucepan add 1/2 cup water, juice, or syrup for each quart of drained fruit and bring to boil. Fill jars with cherries and cooking liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace.

    Raw pack--Add 1/2 cup hot water, juice, or syrup to each jar. Fill jars with drained cherries, shaking down gently as you fill. Add more hot liquid, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Adjust lids and process.

    Processing directions for canning cherries in a boiling-water, a dial, or a weighted-gauge canner are given in Table 1, Table 2, and Table 3.

    Table 1. Recommended Process Time for Sweet or Sour Cherries, Whole in boiling-water canner.
    Process at Altitudes of:
    Style of Pack Jar Size 0 - 1,000 ft 1,001 - 3,000 ft 3,001 - 6,000 ft Above 6,000 ft
    Hot Pints
    Quarts
    15 min
    20
    20
    25
    20
    30
    25
    35
    Raw Pints or Quarts 25 30 35 40


    Table 2. Process Times for Sweet or Sour Cherries, Whole in a Dial-Gauge Pressure Canner.
    Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of
    Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time (Min) 0 - 2,000 ft 2,001 - 4,000 ft 4,001 - 6,000 ft 6,001 - 8,000 ft
    Hot Pints
    Quarts
    8
    10
    6
    6
    7
    7
    8
    8
    9
    9
    Raw Pints or Quarts 10 6 7 8 9


    Table 3. Process Times for Sweet or Sour Cherries, Whole in a Weighted-Gauge Pressure Canner.
    Canner Pressure (PSI) at Altitudes of
    Style of Pack Jar Size Process Time (Min) 0 - 1,000 ft Above 1,000 ft
    Hot Pints
    Quarts
    8
    10
    5
    5
    10
    10
    Raw Pints or Quarts 10 5 10
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