- 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. Yield: 6 half-pints.
Reviews forOver-the-Top Cherry Jam
"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!"
"I have never seen fresh or frozen sour cherries in my 73 years of living."
"Very simple & very good. I live in Wisconsin & visit Door County annually. This jam will be used for family Holiday gifts :)"
"Hi Oh!MyGosh,I wouldn't use dried cherries for this recipe but frozen would be fine.Sue StetzelTaste of Home"
"I, unfortunately, do not have access to fresh cherries. Do you suppose I could use hydrated dried cherries? I really want to try this............"
"Delicious! Very easy to make, with fabulous results."
"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."
"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!"
"This looks awesome. Anyone know where to get tart cherries in Las Vegas, NV? Always wanted to make Cherry Jam."
"This is sooo good. I made it twice. The first time it thickened up perfectly. The second time I made a double batch to share with family & friends, it stayed on the thin side..but it's still delicious. My husband uses it on his pancakes. He just loves it."