How to Make Cherry Jam

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Last Updated on December 10, 2020 by Ellen Christian

Wondering how to make cherry jam? It couldn’t be easier and the results are delicious. Try this easy cherry jam recipe in the Instant Pot.

There is just something special about making homemade jam. I love gifting jars of old fashioned jam along with a loaf of fresh bread. It’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy my banana jam.

Wondering how to make cherry jam? It couldn't be easier and the results are delicious. Try this easy cherry jam recipe in the Instant Pot.

How to Make Cherry Jam

You can make jam in the Instant Pot and save yourself a lot of time.  Jam can be labor intensive and during the holidays, I want easy recipes because I just have so much that I need to get done.

So, this jam is not canned which means that it isn’t shelf-stable. You will need to keep it in the refrigerator when you store it. 

If you want to give this as a gift, make sure that your recipient understands that so they put it in the refrigerator when they get it home. 

How do you make cherry jam from scratch?

Just follow the recipe below and you’ll have jam in no time at all. You are basically cooking the cherries along with the other ingredients until soft and thick.

After that, you add it to your jelly jar and enjoy!

a jar of cherry jam near a pile of cherries on a green checked cloth

Can I can this recipe?

Yes, if you want this to last longer, you can preserve it in your canner following the guidelines recommended by Ball and other canning supply companies.

If you’re wondering how to make cherry jam that is shelf-stable, this is the method you’ll need to follow.

Do you need to pit cherries to make jam?

Yes, you will need to remove the pits first. I find that using a cherry pitter is the easiest method and it only takes a few minutes this way.

What kind of cherries are best for jam?

Bing cherries make a wonderful jam because they are large and sweet. That means it’s less work for you when removing the pit. But, experiment with other types if you like.

This sweet cherry jam recipe uses Bing cherries and the taste is out of the world!

Wondering how to make cherry jam? It couldn't be easier and the results are delicious. Try this easy cherry jam recipe in the Instant Pot.

What is the best sweetener?

This recipe uses honey which I prefer over white sugar. I haven’t tried making it with white sugar but I’m sure it would turn out fine if you don’t have honey. I am not sure of the measurement that way.

Can I make a cherry jam recipe without pectin?

This recipe uses pectin to thicken up the jam. I have heard that some people use chia seeds instead so you could experiment and see if that works well for you if you want a cherry jam recipe without pectin.

steps to make this jam recipe

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • Instant Pot
  • Pectin
  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cherry pitter

How long will this stay good?

If you keep this in the refrigerator, it will stay good for up to six months. Just be sure to use a clean knife or spoon when you get ready to enjoy it. Crumbs can spoil the quality of your jam.

If you want it to last longer, you can put it in a plastic container (not glass) and store it in the freezer for up to a year.

Wondering how to make cherry jam? It couldn't be easier and the results are delicious. Try this easy cherry jam recipe in the Instant Pot.

Packaging tips

This makes the best Christmas jam because it’s read. You can tie a pretty bow around the jar and add a gift tag and you are all set. 

If you want to add a bit more to your gift, you can give a cutting board along with a loaf of bread and some raw local honey.

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How to Make Cherry Jam

Wondering how to make cherry jam? It couldn't be easier and the results are delicious. Try this easy cherry jam recipe in the Instant Pot.

Wondering how to make cherry jam? It couldn't be easier and the results are delicious. Try this easy cherry jam recipe in the Instant Pot.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. fresh cherries, pits removed
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 package pectin

Instructions

    1. Clean, pit, your cherries.Set to the side.
    2. Place your instant pot on sauté.
    3. Add the honey to the instant pot.
    4. Cook until melted.
    5. Turn off the Instant Pot.
    6. Add in the cherries, lemon juice, and pectin powder.
    7. Stir cherries to combine all ingredients.
    8. Turn your Instant Pot back on, and set to manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
    9. Place the lid on, seal the valve.
    10. Allow to naturally release for 8 minutes.
    11. Open, and allow the rest of the pressure to release.
    12. Remove the jam into a small bowl and allow it to sit until it is at room temperature.
    13. Add the jam into glass jars and properly seal as directed
    14. .Place in your refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 34gProtein: 1g

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