ground cherry preserves recipe

Tyrant Farms' Ground Cherry Preserves

Keyword ground cherry, preserves
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 .5 cups


  • 5 lb 6 oz fresh ground cherries
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grassmilk butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or 1 tsp citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons pectin
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1.5 shots of brandy or to taste


  1. Add butter to pan on medium heat. Once melted, add ground cherries and stir to evenly coat the fruit with butter. Cook and stir butter and ground cherries for a few minutes, then add 1/2 cup water to help prevent fruit scald and sticking.
  2. Add lemon juice and let cook and reduce for about 1 hour on medium heat (depending on quantity of ground cherries and desired thickness), stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The more the ground cherries reduce, the faster they can potentially start sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  3. After one hour, prepare/sanitize your canning jars in a pot of boiling water - if you're not using a pressure canner.

  4. Mix in pectin. Then mix in sugar and bring the pot to a quick boil to get the pectin to set. Reduce or remove from heat after the preserves reach boil, continuing to stir to prevent sticking.
  5. Just before canning, mix in brandy and vanilla. Both of these ingredients contain volatile flavors that will dissipate with prolonged heat exposure, so adding them just before canning maximizes their flavor preservation.
  6. Fill sanitized jars with ground cherry jam, and boil them for at least 15 minutes. Jar lids should make a "pop" sound and seal soon after removing from boiling water bath. Cool your ground cherry preserves and store them! *Yield will vary depending on how much water you cook off of your preserves.