Cherry Jam

Recipe for Sweet Cherry Jam

We found a great source for pick your own cherries. We pick a lot! Really a lot. This sweet Cherry Jam recipe is one of the results. It turned out fantastic.

This makes about 6 half pints. It is VERY tempting to double the recipe. However, it is difficult to make double batches. If you want to make more at a time (I don't blame you) simply have two batches going at the same time in different pots.

cherry pittingThe pitting was the hardest part. But I got my crew of boys going and they got them pitted for me.

They were getting juice EVERYWHERE in the process. But the cherries were pitted and ready for this sweet cherry jam recipe. I used a powdered pectin because cherries don't have a lot of natural pectin. If it didn't set up it would probably make great cherry syrup though.

This can be processed safely in a Water Bath Canner


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Gather your canning supplies;

  • Cherries - enough to chop and make 1 quart
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 envelope powdered pectin
  • Start by preparing jars ,and get water in your canner heating. You want the water to be hot but not boiling when your jars are ready to process. (see Water Bath Canning for full directions)


    Wash and pit cherries.

    chopped cherriesChop cherries, I use my Krupps, food chopper. Add lemon juice and pectin to chopped cherries and bring to a full boil stirring constantly.

    Add sugar and return to a full boil. Boil 2 minutes stirring constantly.

    Remove from heat. If you have developed foam (which is likely) skim off as much as you can. Then fill hot jars with hot jam leaving 1/4 inch head space.

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    Processing time

    1/2 pints or pints - process for 10 minutes if you are below 6000 ft elevation.
    15 minutes if you are above 6000 ft elevation.

    More things you can do with Cherries

  • Canning Cherries, how to home can cherries with a waterbath canner.
  • Canning Cherry Pie Filling, canning cherries as a pie filling.
  • Canning Cherry Rhubarb Pie Filling, Adding rhubarb is delicious.
  • Cherry Cobbler Recipe using home canned cherries and a simple topping. Pie crust challenged like me? Try this instead!
  • Cherry Rhubarb Crisp Recipe is easy and oh so good!

  • More Jam or Jelly Recipes

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