Cherry Cheer Jam


Indulge in the jubilant taste of Cherry Cheer Jam, a delightful spread that encapsulates the vibrant and sweet flavors of fresh cherries. This homemade jam is a celebration of cherries at their best, offering a rich, tangy, and sweet experience that's perfect for brightening up your breakfasts, desserts, or even as a gourmet glaze.

Cherry Cheer Jam

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes (including pitting cherries)
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: About 2.5 cups
  • Serving Size: 1 tablespoon

Nutritional Profile (per tablespoon)

  • Calories: 35 kcal
  • Protein: 0.1 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 0.1 g
  • Sugar: 8.5 g


  • Fresh cherries, pitted and halved (1 kg / 2.2 lbs / 35 oz)
  • Granulated sugar (450g / 1 lb / 16 oz)
  • Lemon juice (30ml / 2 tbsp / 1 oz)
  • Water (100ml / 3.4 oz)
  • Pectin (optional, for thicker jam) (5g / 0.2 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Cherries: Pit and halve the cherries.
  2. Macerate the Fruit: In a large pot, mix cherries with sugar and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Cook the Mixture: Add water and lemon juice to the pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Simmer and Thicken: Reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add pectin for a thicker jam, if desired, and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Test for Doneness: Place a small amount of jam on a cold plate. If it gels, it’s ready.
  6. Jar and Cool: Pour the hot jam into sterilized jars, leaving space at the top. Seal and let cool.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Selecting Cherries: Use ripe, sweet cherries for the best flavor.
  • Removing Pits: A cherry pitter can make the process faster and easier.
  • Skimming Foam: Skim off any foam for a clearer jam.
  • Storage: Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate for extended shelf life.


Can I use frozen cherries?

Yes, but thaw and drain them first.

How long does cherry jam last?

Properly stored, it can last up to 1 month in the refrigerator.

Can I reduce the sugar in this jam?

Yes, but adjust according to your taste and keep in mind sugar helps in preservation.