I like to buy these tiny 1/4-pint canning jars. Two or three of these sampler jars, packaged together, make a nice gift.
Leo, my brother-in-law, loves spiced cherry jam and several years ago he asked me to make some. I’m sharing that recipe, developed after some trial and error. The blueberry conserve is a combination of blueberries, lemon and orange slices. Both of these are extra tart, and great on a biscuit with some strong coffee.
For each of these recipes, cook up the ingredients until thick, as in any jam recipe. Then spoon into hot, sterilized jars and process in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.
Spiced Cherry Jam
- 4 c. tart cherries
- 2-1/2 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. allspice
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 4 c. blueberries
- 3 c. sugar
- 1 large lemon, peel and all, sliced paper thin, then cut in half
- 1 medium orange, peel and all, sliced paper thin, then cut in half