Cherry Jam

One of the better parts of having old DIY-ful hippie types for parents is getting do nifty things that people just don’t do anymore. One of the better examples is the yearly ritual of making jam from the North Star Cherry tree in my parent’s front yard. The tree was productive this year (and not so much last year) so we ended up making somewhere around four gallons of the stuff over two days last weekend.

Onward, to Jam Making pictures:
Pitting cherries, which is hand-staining and labor intensive:
To make double-batch sized vats of cherries:
Which get cooked down, sweetened, and thickened to make jam:
Which is then put into bottles:

Way better than the store bought stuff, and fun (if hot, tiring, and messy) to boot.

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