Let me let you in on a little secret....for mouth watering chokecherry jelly or syrup you do NOT have to spend countless hours over a hot stove, days preparing, you don't have to have your grandma's recipe, you can make it with very few ingredients & you don't have to be Suzy homemaker! I know it is great news! Last Christmas for a few gifts I decided to try my hand at making some homemade jellies for the first time ever, I know how cruel of me.....experimenting on family & friends for gifts...but really what better time? ;) Back then I had made the usual's - strawberry, blackberry, & peach all turned out great. I gave them with a loaf of homemade bread, who can resist that right?
One morning I was outside in our yard and seen the abundance of chokecherries that were on our trees & then it hit me - why not make chokecherry jelly? I mean it is never too early to start thinking about Christmas gifts, or back to school teacher gifts, or let me brighten your day gifts. And I wasn't going to see the chokecherries just go to waste.
Picking & making great chokecherry jelly
So I gathered up the kiddos and thought I would let them help me in this process. We collected 2 big bowls full of chokecherries, just so I could try it out at first to make sure it would turn out ok.
Sugar (use 1 cup less of sugar than you have chokecherry juice)
Ex: I ended up with 8cups of chokecherry juice, so I used 7cups of sugar.
Obviously I will be sprucing up the tops of the jars for sure - whether I spray paint the lids or cover them in fabric & ribbon is yet to be decided. But add a cute little label & they are ready to hand out ;)