Recipe: Sour Cherry Jam

It's sour cherry season for fruit tree owners!

Whether they're picked by you or by our Fruit Tree volunteers, here's how to make good use of the sour cherries from your tree.

Sour Cherry Jam

3 qt (3L) Ontario Sour Cherries
1 box (49g) light fruit pectin crystals
3 ¼ cups (800 mL) granulated sugar, divided
Grated orange rind or chopped ginger in syrup


Pit cherries and finely chop to make 5 cups (1.25 L); leave a few pitted cherries whole, if desired. Place cherries in large heavy metal saucepan. Combine pectin crystals with ¼ cup (50 mL) of the sugar; slowly add to prepared fruit. Cook and stir over high heat until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Stir in remaining sugar. Return to full rolling boil, stirring constantly; boil rapidly; stirring, for 1 min. Remove from heat. Stir and skim for 5 min. Addgrated orange rind or chopped ginger in syrup to taste. Pour into warm sterilized jars leaving ¼ in. (5 mm) headspace. Seal with 2 piece metal lids and process in boiling water bath using pectin manufacturer's directions.

Makes 6 cups (1.5 L)

Thanks to Foodland Ontario for the recipe.

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