White cherry jam is quite popular here in Georgia. Georgians like to add nuts to the jam, but for this food recipe we will make a jam from cherries only (adding a bit lemon skin and peppermint though)

The first step was to obtain cherries, for this task we asked our housekeeper to buy a few kilos at Rustavi market (she is from Rustavi), that's how we got about 4 kilograms of white cherries.

White cherries

White cherries

I'm not sure why they are called white when they are actually yellow/red

The next step was to remove pits from the cherry for this task it was agreed to use a straw.

Sepereting pits from the cherries using a drinking straw

Separating pits from the cherries using a drinking straw

For cleaning some 5 kilograms of cherries it took some 2 hours. While still cleaning 2 kilograms of sugar were added in water to melt on slow fire. Latter a lemon skin and peppermint were added for flavoring.

Lemon skin and peppermint in sugar syrup water

Lemon skin and peppermint in sugar syrup water 

The lemon skin and peppermint were later removed, but some are saying lemon skin could be left in the jam.

Adding cherries to the syrup water

Adding cherries to the syrup water

It turned out this pot is too little, we had to look for a bigger pot

White cherry jam being prepared

White cherry jam being prepared

After couple of hours of boiling it was read for filling in jars.

Filling the white cherry jam in jars

Filling the white cherry jam in jars

Tip from the grandma - use a wet cloth under the jars, to avoid breaking the glass from the hot liquid.

Now it's time to wait for winter and enjoy our white cherry jam with tea at Tbilisi sulfur bathhouses.