from ball’s complete guide to home preserving: “read a recipe all the way through, even before you go shopping for the ingredients. it’s very important to have all of the ingredients and equipment ready before you start making preserves.”
HOW DO THEY KNOW?? it’s like they’re in my kitchen.
still have cherries left over from my cherry pie - and vrylena recommends cherry bounce (cherries in makers mark). also found brandied cherries from playin’ with my food, which reminded me of when i worked on an organic farm in college.
the farmer would come around on cold, wet days with a jar of brandied fruit to warm you up. oh, remembered memories.
update: i did not, in fact, do anything proactive with those cherries after the pie. they just went bad in my fridge.
several months later though, cat-sitting for edible obsessions resulted in a jar of HER cherry bounce. laziness ftw.