Cherry Jam – simple and delicious!

Cherry Jam, simple and delicious! Fab Food 4 AllEver since I made my first jar of jam a few years ago I became hooked on jam making and have gone on to win a couple of 1st prizes at our local parish show. So every summer I look forward to gluts of fruit that seem to come my way. Sometimes it’s from family and other times it’s a bargain find in the supermarket! So the other day I came across trays of cherries for £4 whilst out shopping which I’ve never seen before. They’re usually £2 for a tiny punnet full. I snapped up a tray and knew that they were destined to be Cherry Jam (oh and we had a few for dessert)!

Cherry Jam, simple and delicious! Fab Food 4 All

I’ve only ever had one attempt at cherry jam before which ended in disaster (my one and only) as I mixed it with apple and due to the high pectin level of the apple the jam was ready a lot sooner than I’d allowed for and I ended up with concrete jam. It was meant to be my entry into the Parish Show as I thought something a bit different would stand more of a chance of winning. So I ended up entering a spare jar of my One Punnet Strawberry Jam which went on to win 1st prize so it all ended well!

Cherry Jam, simple and delicious! Fab Food 4 All

Well back to the Cherry Jam, I don’t believe in using jam sugar as I find it’s too easy to end up with a really stiff jam and I do like a soft set so I always use lemon juice (plus the rind sometimes) when extra pectin is needed. I’m pleased to say my Cherry Jam turned out perfectly, not too stiff and not too runny, just a really good soft set with lots of delicious chunks of cherry. My family all agreed and hubby was very pleased as Cherry Jam is his absolute favourite. I think I’ll have to see if there are any more trays of these cheap cherries as I can see this batch won’t last long! This recipe can easily be scaled up which is why I measured out the lemon juice. I do hope you give this quick and easy Cherry Jam a go if you come across a glut of cherries this summer!


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Cherry Jam
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This simple Cherry Jam is made with just 3 ingredients, is soft set and tastes out of this world!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 1.5 jars
  • 750g cherries
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon (mine rendered a little over 3 tbsp)
  1. Wash and pit all the cherries and cut in half three quarters of them, leaving the other quarter whole.
  2. Put in a preserving pan (or large deep pan) along with the lemon juice and set over a low heat.
  3. Use a potato masher to lightly crush the cherries and simmer gently until cooked (about 7 minutes).
  4. Add the sugar and heat through on very low until all the sugar has dissolved (running a wooden spoon around the pan will help you know as the sugar will scratch if still solid).
  5. Bring to a rolling boil and time for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the heat and drizzle a few drops of jam onto a chilled saucer.
  7. Place saucer into fridge for a minute and then run your finger through the jam, it's ready if it forms a crinkle and is tacky.
  8. If not quite ready boil for another couple of minutes at a time and re-test.
  9. Once ready ladle into hot jars and place lids on immediately. If using wax discs and cellophane, lay on the wax discs, wait until cool and then top with cellophane and rubber bands.
  10. Makes 1.5 standard jars (600 mls).
Put 2 saucers in the freezer before you start.
Sterilise 1 x 500 ml and 1 x 250 ml jars or 3 x 250 ml jar by washing in hot soapy water or take straight from dishwasher, filling with boiling water, emptying and then placing in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C then leave in oven until jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.

Cherry Jam, simple and delicious! Fab Food 4 All

For more cherry jam inspiration you might like::

Morello Cherry & Raspberry Jam – The Veg Space

As my Cherry Jam was made with cheap cherries I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and currently hosted by Lovely Appetite. I’m also entering Simple and in Season  over at Feeding Boys as cherries are very much in season right now!

Cherry Jam, simple and delicious! Fab Food 4 All

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  1. Richard Green

    The recipe looks quite simple, and seeing that I have nine cherry trees and my freind has just given me 3 kilos of cherries I need to do something

    1. Camilla

      Oh wow, lucky you, I have one young cherry tree and it is yet to produce enough cherries to make jam with:-)

  2. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Looks like I need to look for some cheap cherries

    1. Camilla

      Aldi is good for those:-)

  3. Ann McGhee

    Do you skim the white foam? Love this recipe. Thank you

    1. Camilla

      If I didn’t mention it it’s because there wasn’t any, when there is yes I’ll skim:-)

  4. A S,Edinburgh

    I love that story about the Parish Show! It’s very interesting that you don’t use jam sugar; I’ll have to give your method a go.

    1. Camilla

      No, used it once a didn’t like the stiff result, plus I just don’t like additives so like to keep things as natural as possible. I was reading today how although jam sugar allows you to boil the fruit for less long you don’t get as intense a flavour as a result, which I’d never though about before but it makes a lot of sense!

  5. William Gould

    That’s sounds fabulous! I love cherries. If only I could stop the blackbirds stealing 90% of the ones from my mini cherry tree….

    1. Camilla

      90%, you’re lucky, I think they had 99.9% from mine which had produced it’s first fairly decent crop this year!

  6. Laura Tovey

    I think that even I could manage to make this 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you could Laura:-)

  7. Hazel Rea

    That looks really delicious! I was interested to read you saying put the wax disc on and wait until cool – I’ve always put the cellophone and band on straightaway as I was told you had to do that to make sure it stayed sterile and you got a really good seal.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Hazel:-) I learned this cellophane/wax disc method from Vivien Lloyd, here’s an example: http://www.food-mag.co.uk/seville-marmalade-recipe-2/

  8. Katie Bryson

    Wow Camilla what a gorgeous looking jam and such beautiful pictures too. You must be very patient to process all of those cherries… does my head in but it’s always worth it isn’t it! Thanks for hooking up with Simple and in Season this month – hugely appreciated. xx

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Katie! Compared to stoning Damsons this was a walk in the park LOL:-)

  9. Isobelle Forde

    huge respect for having patience to pit all those cherries, your jam makes my mouth water and i think id end up just eating them all, cherries are my absolute fave fruit.

    1. Camilla

      I have a fabulous Oxo Cherry Pitter that makes light work of pitting cherries:-)

  10. Michelle @ Greedy Gourmet

    Oh, I’m a sucker for cherry jam, especially with some chicken liver pate or blue cheese. My biggest problem is that I eat whole cherries like there’s no tomorrow so not sure if I’ll ever get around to making jam. Just maybe one day there will be a glut….

    1. Camilla

      Ooh I’ll have to try that, well the chicken liver pate combo as I’m not a blue cheese fan:-)

  11. Sarah James @ Tales From The Kitchen Shed

    Your cherry jam is your best yet Camilla, it looks delicious. Hoping the birds don’t eat all the cherries off my tree this year, thanks for sharing x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sarah, I’m hoping my young cherry tree bears enough fruit to make jam with this year:-)

  12. Heather Haigh

    Cherry jam is one of my favourites and yours looks lushious.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it really is special:-)

  13. Leslie Hernandez

    This looks absolutely yummy I really want to try making cherry jam now 🙂 all I got do is buy the ingredients. I love this would probably add some peanut butter mmmmm getting hungry here lol…

    Leslie xoxo

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Leslie:-)

  14. Maren

    I’ve never tried Cherry Jam before, but something tells me that’s going to change!

    1. Camilla

      Great Maren, glad to have inspired you:-)

  15. Sam McKean

    This looks amazing, can’t wait for our cherries on the tree to start ripening now!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sam, I’m waiting for mine too:-)

    2. Camilla

      Thank you Sam, I’m hoping for a decent crop from my little tree:-)

  16. Kavey

    I love cherry jam! When we visited Brogdale fruit collections a couple of summers ago I got several varieties of cherries from their onsite shop and made several different cherry jams, one for each type of cherry. Was so much fun to compare the different cherries side by side!

    1. Camilla

      Fab Kavey:-) I can’t wait for my yellow cherries to ripen and make jam with.

  17. Jacqueline Meldrum

    I always love your jams Camilla and this one looks fabulous too.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you Jacs:-)

  18. GeorgeW78

    It looks delicious, I’m salivating! Super speedy too, must give it a try 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, can’t recommend it more:-)

  19. Ana De- Jesus

    I love cherries but have never tried cherry jam! What is up with that?! I love the look of your jam!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ana, well you have to put this right surely:-)

  20. emmagough78

    I love cherries, definitely going to try this out – I bet it makes a great cake filling with cream mmmmm – 😀

    1. Camilla

      Yes would be perfect in a Black Forest Gateau – might have to do this now:-)

  21. kellie@foodtoglow

    Cherry jam is just about my favourite (it vies with raspberry-blackcurrant for top spot) and with cherries getting cheaper by the day it is high time I made some this season. I like adding some vanilla seeds sometimes, but that’s probably sacreligious to some! Looks divine and would be just the thing on pancakes. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I was thinking of adding almond extract but hubby wanted plain cherry jam so I stuck with that:-)

  22. Sarah Ella (Mumx3x)

    Oh my! This looks and sounds amazing! Cheery jam is the best kind of jam and yours seriously looks delicious. I like that you add lemon juice/zest instead of Jam sugar! How unique. I’ve not tried making jam, I really want to give it a go now though, you have inspired me 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks;-) Excellent Sarah, I’m sure you’ll get the bug once you start, it’s so addictive:-)

  23. Jessica Howliston

    Oh my gosh this looks amazing, thank you for sharing the recipe I am definitely going to give this a go! Cherries are one of my favourite and this looks packed full of them! x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jessica, do let me know what you think:)

  24. Natalie Gillham

    cherry jam is my favourite so I’d love to try making it myself, thanks for the recipe x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Natalie, hope you get to make it:-)

  25. Ickle Pickle

    I have never made my own jam – this looks delicious. Well done on your wins! Kaz x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kaz, well it’s never too late to start and you don’t need any fancy equipment:-)

  26. DannyUK.com

    I’m not a fan of cherries, but I must admit that this jam looks good!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danny:-)

  27. Kira

    I have never actually tried cherry jam before, but I’d love to! Sounds delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Oh gosh Kira, it’s so good, you should definitely try it:-)

  28. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Oh my gosh this sounds amazing, I LOVE cherries. I love that you kept some of the cherries whole for a nice chunky jam!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, the chunks of cherry are fabulous:-)

  29. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Youhave iven me a huge jam craving now Camilla. I just want to spread this over a whole loaf of bread.

    1. Camilla

      LOL Dannii, I don’t blame you, make it a nice crusty Bloomer:-)

  30. Kate Ford

    Yum – that looks wonderful Camilla, and I’m with you on the soft-set jam rather than a ‘stand-your-spoon-in-it’ set. Looks perfect for scones. We have a cherry tree which is still quite a few weeks away from being ready to pick, so will bookmark your recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, yes there’s nothing worse than overly stiff jam. We have a young cherry tree and I’m hoping there might be enough cherries for jam this year as there was a lot of blossom this year:-)

  31. Eb Gargano

    Oh wow – this looks awesome!! I would never have though to make cherry jam, but I might just do so now – especially if I see any going cheap! I do love cherries – we had cherry crumble for pud last night – first time this year – every year I forget just how delicious they are! Eb x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so much Eb. It’s so good I must make some more:-) I’ve never made cherry crumble so must get on to that!

  32. Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    Oh I LOVE cherries!!! We used to have a cherry tree in my parents garden but it got too big and they had to cut it down 🙁 I miss fresh cherries so much! This is a great way of preserving them for out of season.

    1. Camilla

      I have a small cherry tree with yellow cherries so might have to make some more jam if she gives enough cherries this year:-)

  33. Anosa

    I have never been a big fan of cherries but funny thing is I love cherry jam and wouldn’t mind trying to recreate your recipe. Thanks for sharing

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Anosa, that’s like me with figs, not keen but do like them in jam:-)

  34. Annie Bathurst

    Sounds delicious

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Amie, it certainly is-)

  35. Maya Russell

    Looks like nice jam! Wonder if I could ever resist eating the fresh cherries though.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maya:-) We ate a quarter of the tray and the rest went into the jam, you just need to buy extra:-)

  36. maria hackett

    omg! that looks amazing! hubby loves cherry and i should try this sometime!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maria, my hubby’s favourite too, do hope you get to make it:-)

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