Cherry jam

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Cherry jam recipe
Cherry jam recipe
  • Makes: 1kg

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

This is a delicious fresh flavoured, chunky cherry jam recipe with a fairly soft set. Itís just perfect for spreading on toast or spooning over thick Greek yoghurt. As cherries donít have a very high pectin content youíll need to use sugar jam which is simply granulated sugar with added pectin Ė itís available from most large supermarkets. Use firm, slightly under-ripe cherries as they will hold their shape better. For as less chunky jam chop half the cherries.


  • 900g firm black or red cherries, pitted and stones reserved
  • 150ml water
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 500g jam sugar

Store the jars of jam in a cool dark place and once opened, keep in the fridge and use within one month.


  1. Place the cherries in a large pan with the water, lemon zest and juice. Crack the reserved cherry stones and tie in a small piece of muslin then add to the pan. Heat gently until almost boiling then simmer for 15-20 mins until the cherries are just soft.
  2. Remove the muslin bag, squeezing any juice back into the pan. Add the jam sugar and stir over a gentle heat until dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 10 mins.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and test for setting point by spooning a little of the hot jam onto a chilled saucer. Leave for 2-3 mins then push your finger through the jam - if it wrinkles it is ready. If the jam is still runny, boil for a further few minutes then test again.
  4. Cool for 10 mins then skim any scum from the surface with a slotted spoon. Pour the hot jam into warm clean jars and seal and label.

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steve doole

Discard cherry stones. Do not have stones in your jam, as inside is a cyanide poison apparently. As long as the stones are not broken or crushed, the poison stays inside the stones. However, eating one or two stone is unlikely to kill you.

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