Over-the-Top Cherry Jam
Total TimePrep: 35 min. Process: 5 min.
- 2-1/2 pounds fresh tart cherries, pitted
- 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
- 1/2 teaspoon butter
- 4-3/4 cups sugar
- In a food processor, cover and process cherries in batches until finely chopped. Transfer to a Dutch oven; stir in pectin and butter. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil and stir 1 minute.
- Remove from heat; skim off foam. Ladle hot mixture into six hot sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
- Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Editor's NoteThe processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.
Nutrition Facts2 tablespoons: 89 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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Jul 7, 2018
This has the best flavor ever. My daughter described it as eating cherry pie without the crust! I always double the recipe as it goes fast.
Sep 2, 2017
This was only a good recipe; it didn't taste distinctly cherry. It just tasted like a good fruit jam. I've had an incredible cherry jam before, and I'm trying to replicate that.
Aug 19, 2017
For KathyCooks1943: then you need to visit northwestern Michigan. This is a huge tart cherry producing area (2nd in the nation, I believe). 4 lb bags of frozen tart cherries are available in most grocery stores here. I'm getting ready to try this recipe with some--looks so scrumptious!
Jul 16, 2017
I have never seen fresh or frozen sour cherries in my 73 years of living.
Sep 20, 2016
Very simple & very good. I live in Wisconsin & visit Door County annually. This jam will be used for family Holiday gifts :)
Aug 8, 2016
Hi Oh!MyGosh,I wouldn't use dried cherries for this recipe but frozen would be fine.Sue StetzelTaste of Home
Aug 4, 2016
I, unfortunately, do not have access to fresh cherries. Do you suppose I could use hydrated dried cherries? I really want to try this............
Jul 14, 2016
Delicious! Very easy to make, with fabulous results.
Jun 20, 2016
This has become a family favorite and my mom rations it to make it last. Delicious! Will be making again after our trip to Door County in July.
Jul 6, 2015
We used store bought frozen cherries the first time we made this recipe and it turned out great. The second time we used cherries from our tree and it was even better. Loved the sweet and tart flavors!