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01.01.2003 -jam -cherries

Cherry jam

« Out of all the classic jams, this could be the most flavorful, and since there are so many different varieties of cherry, you can endlessly adjust the taste and aromas. Nevertheless, you should opt for sweeter, juicier varieties with firm skin, such as red Burlat or Bigarreau cherries. » 
Type Jam - fruit - cherries
Level of difficulty easy
Preparation time Preparation: 20 min Cooking: 15 min 15 min
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Yields 4 jars, 13 oz (375 g) each:

  • 2 ½ lb (1.2 kg) cherries (or 2.2 lb (1 kg) net)
  • 2 cups (800 g) granulated sugar
  • Juice from one lemon

  • Cooking utensils: Candy thermometer


  • Clean the cherries well in cold water and dry them
  • Remove the stems and pits by cutting the cherries in two

Cooking the jam:

  • In a preserving pan, pour 1 cup (25 cl) cold water and add the sugar
  • Heat slowly, constantly stirring the mixture until the sugar dissolves completely; then, bring to a boil and cook until a "small pearl" is obtained (230 à 234°F (110 à 112°C) on the candy thermometer
  • Add the cherries, lemon juice, and bring back to a boil
  • Skim and allow to cook 10-15 minutes at high heat Stir often, making sure that the cherries stay submerged in the syrup
  • Stop cooking when the cherries turn translucent
  • The ideal cooking time for a jam comes from experience: If you're not certain, use the cold plate test: Put a small plate in the refrigerator for one hour before preparing your jams. When the jam appears ready, pour a little on the cold plate.
  • The jam should take the form of a rounded drop and should not flow if you tip the plate slightly
  • Pour the jam into previously sterilized glass jars and allow to cool


You can also use this jam in certain dessert recipes such as in a cherry pie, or even, by heating it slightly, as an accompaniment to roast pork.
I can never resist using this cherry jam as a topping for vanilla ice cream.

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