Canning Cherry Jam | A Chunky Jam Recipe

Canning cherry jam is a great way to preserve this summertime stone fruit. A delicious black cherry jam requires using the delicious, and meaty, Bing cherries. Enjoy this cherry preserves recipe over Brie and other soft cheeses, however, serving this jam over homemade bread and butter is just as delicious.

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Canning Cherry Jam

Cherry season comes and goes much quicker than I’d like. Luckily, in Washington state we are blessed to have an extended cherry season which lasts from June through August. And trust me when I say this, I consume my fill of both Bing and Rainer cherries.

Because of my love for cherries I make it a priority to preserve enough goods to last throughout the year. In truth, I may (just a tad) go overboard each year with how many cherry products I actually put-up. And this, Friend, is a good problem to have.

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Additional Recipes for Preserving Cherries

Unlike apples, once the cherry season ends there is no returning to the store to pick-up more. Hence, making it necessary to preserve enough of this stone fruit to last throughout the year.

In addition to canning cherry jam the following preserving recipes are a great way to make the summer’s harvest last:

Peaches are another summertime stone fruit to preserve. Peaches are available your local market starting as early as June with the season ending at the end of July in many locations.

If you haven’t guess, I do love stone fruits!

Cherry Jam Recipe

Feel free to modify the recipe to best suit what your family’s needs. Also, any variety of cherry can be used. For example, Bing, Rainer, and even tart cherries are perfect for this cherry jam recipe.

Powder pectin can be swapped out for a liquid version, or a natural fruit pectin can be used. Pectin found in fruits and can easily be made and store for later use.

Swap out the sugar for a more natural sweetener such as honey. However, when using honey begin by adding a small amount at a time until the desired flavor is achieved.

Please note, sugar is a natural preservative and will hold the texture, flavor, and shelf-life much longer than other natural sweeteners.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups black Bing cherries, roughly 3 pounds
  • 1 package powdered pectin, 1.75 ounce box
  • 5 cups organic sugar, or honey
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Equipment

The equipment list below contains items which will be used regularly during canning season. Investing in these items now will provide a seamless experience while preserving the harvest.

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Instructions

  1. Place lids into the warmed mini slow cooker.
  2. Sort and wash fully ripe cherries; remove any stems, pits, and bruised spots.
  3. Coarsely chop cherries into large pieces, add to a non-reactive pot.
  4. Add pectin and stir well.
  5. Place on high heat and, stirring constantly, bring to a full boil with bubbles.
  6. Stir in the sugar and return to a full bubbling boil. Allow the black cherry jam to hard boil for 1 minute, making sure to stir constantly.
  7. Remove from heat and skim any foam which remains.
  8. Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean dishtowel dipped in water.
  9. Add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  10. The processing time is based on your altitude, see chart below.

The processing time for a steam canner and a hot waterbath canner are the same. However, a steam canner will process the jars using steam and two inches of water.

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Printable Cherry Preserves Recipe Card

For quick reference, make sure to print this cherry jam recipe card and file it in your favorite preserving cookbook.

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Canning Cherry Jam

Canning cherry jam is a great way to preserve this perfect summertime stone fruit. A delicious cherry preserves recipe uses meaty Bing cherries to make this black cherry jam. This cherry preserves recipe is perfect over Brie and other soft cheeses, but is also amazing over homemade bread and butter.
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Canning
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black cherry jam, canning cherry jam, cherry jam recipe, cherry preserves recipe

Equipment

  • cherry pitter
  • 6 1/2-pint mason jars
  • steam canner or hot waterbath canner
  • Air Bubble Remover
  • mini slow cooker, to warm lids
  • jar lifter
  • non-reactive heavy bottom pot, copper jamming pot, stainless steel pot, or enamel cast iron pot

Ingredients

  • 4 cups black Bing cherries roughly 3 pounds
  • 1 package powdered pectin, 1.75 ounce box
  • 5 cups organic sugar or honey

Instructions

  • Place lids into the warmed mini slow cooker.
  • Sort and wash fully ripe cherries; remove any stems and pits.
  • Coarsely chop cherries into larger pieces, add to a non-reactive pot.
  • Add pectin and stir well.
  • Place on high heat and, stirring constantly, bring to a full boil with bubbles.
  • Stir in the sugar and return to a full bubbling boil. Allow the black cherry jam to hard boil for 1 minute, making sure to stir constantly.
  • Remove from heat and skim an foam which remains.
  • Wipe the rims of the jars with a clean dishtowel dipped in water.
  • Add warmed lids and rings to finger tight.
  • The processing time is based on your altitude, see chart below.

Notes

  1. Feel free to substitute the items mentioned below to best suit what your family will consume. Purchase cherries which are available, for example, Bing, Rainer, and even tart cherries can be used in thie cherry jam recipe.
  2. Powder pectin can be swapped our for a liquid version, and honey can be used as a natural sweetener. However, when using honey begin by adding a small amount at a time until the desired flavor is achieved.
Please note, sugar is a natural preservative and will hold the texture, flavor, and shelf life much longer than other sweeteners.

As mentioned, serve this black cherry jam recipe over soft cheese or warm homemade bread.

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