June 16, 2010

Northwest Cherry Port Preserves

This preserve is a combination of wonderful Northwest flavors; cherries, port and hazelnuts.  It is a simple preserve. Just four ingredients and no pectin.  

12 c cherries, pitted
3 c sugar
1 small bottle of port (approximated 2 cups)
2 c hazelnuts, chopped

Combine cherries, sugar and port in a saucepan.  Cook on medium heat until the liquids are reduced to desired thickness. You want just enough liquid to hold everything together.  Stir in hazelnuts and simmer for 5 minutes. Place in half pint or pint jars.  Process for 10 minutes.


  1. This sounds like a good recipe...what would you use this for? Over ice cream..or...?

    I also wonder if you have a good recipe for an Indian-style pickle to can? I am thinking something with carrots or lemon/lime? All the ones I have seen involve lots of mustard oil or methods such as leaving the jar in the sun for 2 weeks (which I am leary of, even if we had hot sun here!).


  2. I have a recipe coming up that it exactly what you are asking for. Look for it soon.