Chokecherries are known for their sour taste and poisonous pit, so they are usually left for the birds. However, chokecherries can easily be made into a delicious jelly by adding pectin and enough sugar to balance the tart flavor. According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, canned jelly can be safely stored for up to a year after production. That means you can transform your sour chokecherries into delicious jelly that your family can enjoy year-round, simply by adding sugar and pectin to your chokecherry juice.
Extract the juice from your ripe chokecherries. Remove the stems and pits from 2 lbs. of chokecherries, reserving the fruit in a saucepan. Cover the pitted cherries with water; boil for fifteen minutes or until the fruit is soft. Strain the fruit and keep the juice, about 4 cups.
Combine 4 cups of chokecherry juice with 4 cups of sugar and ½ package (1 oz.) of powdered pectin. Combine ingredients and boil for two minutes. Remove from the pot from the stove.
Add your jelly jars to a pot of boiling water while the juice is boiling. Allow the jars to sit in the hot water for ten minutes to sterilize.
Skim any foam off your jelly with a large spoon; pour it into sterile jars. Allow the jelly to cool before putting the tops on your jars to avoid steam buildup inside the sealed containers.
Seal tops tightly with airtight rubber rings. Place it in a cool dark location for storage.