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Homemade canned Sweet Cherry Jam recipe served on a Cheese Platter with Goat Cheese, fresh summer fruit and crackers

Sweet Cherry Jam

  • Author: Arlene Mobley - Flour On My Face
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Pints 1x
  • Category: Canning Recipes
  • Method: Hot Water Bath
  • Cuisine: American


Homemade canned Sweet Cherry Jam recipe is perfect on a Summer Cheese Platter served with fresh summer fruit, cheese, and crackers.

Homemade cherry jam is perfect when you are looking for cheese platter ideas when entertaining guests during the year.

Sweet Cherry Jam is amazing with Goat cheese and crackers



  • 2 2/3 cups fresh rinsed, pitted and chopped Northwest Sweet Cherries
  • 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Ball Classic Pectin
  • 3 1/3 cups sugar


  1. Prepare the fresh Northwest Sweet Cherries by rinsing under cold water, removing the stems and pitting them with my favorite cherry pitter.
  2. Put the 2 1/3 cups of chopped cherries in a large stainless steel or non-reactive 6-quart pot. Add the lemon juice and mix well. Stir in the pectin for about 2 minutes to allow the sweet cherries to release some of their juice.
  3. Over high heat bring the mixture to a full rolling boil stirring constantly. Add the sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute stirring constantly.
  4. After one minute remove the pot from the stove and skim any foam from the top.
  5. Ladle the hot jam into hot 1/2 pint canning jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rim of the jar with a damp cloth. Place the flat lid on the jar and apply the band just finger tight.
  6. Place the filled jar into your hot water bath canner. Repeat filling the remaining jars.
  7. Process the jars 10 minutes in a hot water bath canner, adjusting for altitude. After 10 minutes turn off the heat, remove the pot lid and let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove the jars from the canner with a jar lifter and place on a dry towel on the counter to cool overnight. I like to use flour sack towels.
  8. Makes about four 1/2 pint jars
  9. Recipe Source:  Ball Canning Back To Basics A Fool Proof Guide to Canning Jams, Jellies, Pickles and More


  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 39

Keywords: cherry recipes, cherry jam recipe, preserving cherries

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