Saturday, February 18, 2012

Making Cherry Jam from Frozen Fruit

Making Cherry Jam from Frozen Fruit

Near the end of winter I begin to get that "canning-itch" and it is also the time of year when I spring clean my freezer.  This year I found some sour cherries that I froze to make cherry pie but I decided to use them for making jam instead. 

Sour cherry jam is wonderful in homemade yogurt or kefir.

4 cups chopped sour cherries (frozen&thawed or fresh) (washed, pitted & chopped.  NOTE:  My cherry jam is very chunky because I just crushed my cherries - there are some whole cherries but that doesn't bother me - if you don't like this then you must chop them)
Juice from 1 lemon
1 package of fruit pectin
4 1/2 cups of sugar (I always use less sugar because in my opinion most jams & jellies are too sweet.  I used 4 cups)

1.  Gather your canning jars, lids and rings (you will need 6 or 7 half pints). 
     Canning Basics - Jar Sizes.  Also, gather all other canning supplies: Other Canning Supplies
2.  In a large stainless steel pot mix the fruit (chopped cherries - washed and pitted), lemon juice and fruit pectin - stir until pectin is dissolved.
3.  Start the water boiling for Jar sterilization:  Sterilizing Jars & Lids
4.  Bring the fruit mixture to a full boil over meduim-high heat - gently stirring all the time.
5.  Add the entire amount of sugar (again - I use the lesser amount - 4 cups) - stirring until
6.  Bring this mixture to a full boil again - continuously stirring.  Boil hard for a full minute (you will
     notice some foamy stuff on top - that is supposed to happen.  If it boils too close to the top of
     the pot then you will need to turn the heat down slightly).  Constant stirring is a must!
7.  Remove the pot from heat and skim foam off the top and discard the foam.
8.  By now your jars should be sterilized and ready to be filled.  Take the jars out of the boiling
     water (I use my jar remover and make sure that the water is drained out of each jar).  Fill
     each jar up to the threads of the jar (about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of headspace)
9.  Wipe the rim of each jar with a damp cloth making sure that any jam residue is gone (any
      residue left on the rim can stop the jar from sealing).
10. Place a sterilized lid on each jar and then tighten a ring on each jar.
11. Place all jars in a "Water Bath Canner" and process (boil) the jars for 10 minutes (make
      sure that the water level in the Canner is 1 inch above the tallest jar)
12. Remove the jars and place them on the counter or table to cool (I always place them on a
      cloth because there have been a few times when a jar cracked and then the jam oozed out
      making a mess - the cloth will help if that happens).  You will hear the wonderful popping
      sound of your jars sealing.
13. Allow the jar to cool for 24 hours and then store in your pantry or in your fruit cellar until the
      winter (or in this case the spring  ;-))  and then enjoy a little bit of summer.


Other Jam/Jelly Recipes on this blog:


  1. Hi there Angie! Thanks for stopping by and for your nice support for my Versatile Blog Award. Most unexpected. Hope you enjoy your trawl through the blogs I picked - difficult choice to make, because, of course one follows thing one is interested in, doesn't one?

    Love this one - used to to the same as you - growing things and preserving them. Now, living in an old folk's apartment, it's just not practical, but I do buy local and from farmers as much as possible.

    1. Yes I am enjoying my walk through the blogs that you picked (and joining many of them).
      I agree - that wouldn't be practical in your situation - but farmers markets are wonderful.

  2. Yum - would love this on a warm scone! Thanks for sharing...

    Glad to have you visit my blog and hope you'll enjoy more visits to come. I'll be bck to visit with you, as well.

  3. Oh this looks simple enough that I might actually could do it. I am saving this.

    Thanks for linking up at my Monday Blog Hop.


  4. What a great idea. We go through strawberry jam like crazy around here and I've often thought about making my own but just never knew how or where to begin. I think cherry would be a hit too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Great post. I am right into making my own jam.

  6. Thanks so much! - I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

  7. when you use the frozen fruit how do you judge 4 cups, while it's still frozen or after it's thawed?

  8. When using frozen fruit, do you measure while it is still frozen or after it's thawed? And do you use all the juice from thawing?

    1. I did use the juice from thawing - if you are concerned about freezer burn taste (if it's been in the freezer a long time) then I guess you could strain the liquid away but that could be great cherry flavor being discarded. Thanks for stopping by - ENJOY!


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