Sweet black cherry and a hint of lemon add up to a sensational spread.
One of my top favorite jams, my kids go crazy eating it, they really love it. Ah, the sweet cherry with the hint of lemon zest, gives the cherries a great depth of flavors.
There is nothing better than the fresh fruit and al natural ingredients; the sweet black cherry, sugar lemon juice and zest, plus the pectin, these make a great tasting spread on muffins or toasts.
hint: The food processor makes chopping the cherries extra easy.
For easy Jar sterilizing, if you don’t have the canner, I usually put the jars and leds in the dish washer and set it on high heat.
Sweet Black Cherry Jam
3 lb sweet cherries, pitted, about 4 cups chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 package (1.75 oz) powdered fruit pectin
4 cups granulated sugar
Sterilize jars and lids; using a large pot for this or I usually put it in the dish washer on high heat water(that a good and decent incubator).
In a large, deep enameled or stainless steel pot, combine the finely chopped cherries(using the food processor for this), lemon juice, lemon zest. Stir in the powdered pectin until blended. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Stir in sugar and return to a boil, stirring constantly. Once the mixture has returned to the full boil, continue boiling, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
Remove from heat, quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.
Ladle into hot jars, wipe rims, Fit lids on jars.