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Sweet Cherry Freezer Jam - capture summer in a jar with this delicious, super easy jam.
Sweet Cherry Freezer Jam
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
3 mins
Total Time
33 mins
A delicious taste of fresh cherries on your toast, sandwiches or dinner rolls - all year long!
Course: Jams and Jellies
Servings: 80 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 42 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 1½-2 pounds fully ripe red sweet cherries you'll need 2 cups pitted and chopped cherries
  • cups sugar measured into separate bowl
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin (1.75-ounces) see notes above in post
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Start with clean dry plastic containers or glass jars.
  2. Stem and pit cherries. I love using this cherry pitter. Coarsely chop fruit with a sharp knife or chopper. You can also give a few pulses in the food processor - not too many though, you want chunks of fruit in your jam. Measure exactly 2 cups of cherries into large microwave-safe bowl. Stir in the sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.

  3. Place bowl in microwave and cook on high power for 3 minutes. Remove and stir. Most of the sugar should be dissolved. Taste the jam. If it still has a grainy texture, return to microwave for another minute or two.
  4. Combine water and pectin in small saucepan and stir till pectin is dissolved. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add to fruit mixture along with the lemon juice and stir 3 full minutes.

  5. Fill prepared containers immediately to within ½ inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers and cover with lids right away. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to one year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes 5 cups of jam.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Cherry Freezer Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 tablespoon)
Calories 42
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 0mg0%
Potassium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.