Preserve cherries now for holiday gift-giving


July 15, 1998|By Elizabeth Large

Here's a simple recipe that makes good eating (in six weeks) and great gifts to save for the holidays. Use as a topping over ice cream, pound cake, flan and bread pudding. Add to chocolate cake or brownie batter. Or combine with other fruit in season.

Brandied Cherries

Makes 1 1/2 quarts

2 pounds fresh sweet cherries, pitted

2 cups sugar

1 quart brandy

Combine and mix well. Store in tightly covered jar in cool place for 6 or more weeks. Portion into canning jars for gifts and store in a cool, dark place.

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Foiling spoilage

Certain seasonings offer some protection against food spoilage, says a report in the August issue of Popular Science. That may be why fiery foods are eaten in hot climates. The most effective are garlic, onion, allspice, oregano, thyme, cinnamon, tarragon, cumin, lemon grass and cloves.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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