I had my last little bit of rhubarb left and was about to make some Rhubarb Bruschetta I remembered we were getting a box of cherries from our CSA so I decided to set it aside and save it for some fresh homemade jam!
After pitting 5 pounds of cherries and looking at the bowl of pits, I couldn't stop thinking of 'The Witches of Eastwick', a classic 80's movie with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer. At one point of the movie, a few characters begin to spit up cherry seeds. Am I lone on tis one or can anyone else share this great movie memory?
The kids have already started downing the jam on their Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches as well as on their pancakes and fresh toast. It's a new house favorite! Don't forget to try my Cherry and Ginger Brandy Jam that I made too!
Makes 4-5 8 oz jars
Cherry Rhubarb Mint Jam
2 lbs sweet cherries
1/2 lb rhubarb, chopped
1 c sugar
1/2 c water
2 T lemon juice
1 t lemon zest
2 t pectin powder
Pit your cherries and set them aside. Bring your rhubarb and water to boil in a sauce pan. After 5 minutes, add your pitted cherries and remaining ingredients.
Let simmer for another 20 minutes. Using an immersion blender, mix the jam so that it is smooth.
Pour into clean and sterile jars, leaving 1/4 in headspace. Make sure the rim and center lid are wiped down and screw the band on tight. The heat from the boiling jelly seals the jar and keep them in the refrigerator. If you want to save them on the shelf, put the jars in a hot water bath and process the jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.