Sour Cherry Jam

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Sweet and a little tart, this easy sour cherry jam tastes like pie filling in the best way. Slather it on toast or swirl it into yogurt.

Sour Cherry Jam

Last weekend a wave of laziness overcame my usual hyper-productive persona.

Never one to shy away from a project, especially when it takes place in the kitchen, I just couldn’t find the motivation to do much with the containers of precious sour cherries that I bought at the farmers market.

They weren’t on my list, but when I saw them, I had to have them. Fresh tart cherries are only around for a short time.

I probably should have celebrated those special cherries by baking them in a pie, but I didn’t want all that fuss or crust.

Instead I made a small batch of sour cherry jam.

Sour Cherry Jam

I didn’t bother canning because I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to polish off that jar.

I smeared the jam on toast, stirred it into yogurt and even ate it by the spoonful.

The jam was delightfully sweet, and I will definitely be making it again.  

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Sour Cherry Jam

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Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Sweet and a little tart, this easy sour cherry jam tastes like pie filling in the best way. Slather it on toast or swirl it into yogurt.


  • 2 pounds fresh sour cherries pitted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  • Combine the cherries, sugar and lemon juice in a large saucepan over medium heat. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, continuing to stir, until the jam has thickened.
  • The jam will keep thickening as it cools. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.


Recipe makes about 1 cup jam.


Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 87g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 523mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 79g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Spreads & Sauces
Cuisine: American
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