The original recipe had raisins and since I don't like raisins the ladies were fine with substituting them for dried cranberries.
- 10 cups frozen red tart or sweet black cherries – partial thawed, coarsely chopped
- 2 pc. large apples, cored, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups chopped sweet Vidalia or red onion
- 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 4 1/2 tsp whole allspice
- 1 stick cinnamon, 6 inches, broken in half
- 1 cup vinegar (wine, cider or white vinegar)
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
In a stainless steel or enameled dutch combine cherries, apples, onions, vinegar, garlic, salt and spice bag. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil hard stirring often for 20 minutes.
Add brown sugar and stir in. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring often until thick enough to mount on a spoon, for another 20 minutes. Add cranberries bring back to a boil then remove from heat. Remove spice bag.
Filling the jars:
On a dishtowel place your hot jars and using your funnel in each jar ladle the mixture into the jars leaving 1/2” headspace. Remove air bubbles and refill to the proper headspace if necessary.
Taking a clean papertowel wet it with warm water and wipe the rims of the jars removing any food particles that would interfere with a good seal.
Using your magic wand extract the lids from the hot water and place them on the now cleaned rims. Add your rings to the tops of each of the jars and turn to seal just "finger tight".
Make sure your rack is on the bottom of the canner and place the jars in the water bath making sure that the water covers each of the jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add hot water to the canner if it doesn't measure up.
Cover the pot and turn up the heat under the canner and wait for the water to start boiling. Once the water has come to a boil start your timer for 10 minutes.
When complete turn off the heat and remove the cover and let the jars sit for another few minutes.
Remove the jars and place them back on the dishtowel in a place that they will sit overnight to cool. Do not touch or move them till the next morning.