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Homemade Cherry Jam Recipe

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A fast and easy homemade jam made with strawberries. No canning, no pectin.

A simple and delicious Homemade Cherry Jam Recipe. 

Close up of Homemade Cherry Jam in a jar with a cherry on top

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Cherry jam might not be one of the first jam flavors you think of with others being more common or popular. This easy cherry jam is one of my favorites to make along with mixed berry jam.

Homemade Cherry Jam Recipe in a bowl on a charcuterie platter

We used the homemade jam for a dinner party with a charcuterie board (image above) and OH MY it was AMAZING with the cheeses and meats! I still think about that pairing to this day. It was so popular and probably the favorite jam I have made.

Jar of cherry jam with a copper spoon on wood

My dad loves cherries, so I always think of him when I see them. And while imitation cherry flavors are good, they are nothing like the real thing. You will typically find the classic red cherries, probably from the northwest, in the grocery stores. But be on the lookout for fun varieties. I love Rainier cherries: not only are they beautiful with a yellow-pink color, but they can also be a little sweeter.

Spoon full of fruit spread coming out of a jar

I love using fresh cherries when they are in season for this cherry jam. And I am not a believer of having one-purpose tools in the kitchen, where the tool only performs one function. But a cherry pitter is AMAZING and something I have on hand just for cherry season. After trying to remove cherry pits by hand and trying the straw techniques, I just could not take it anymore. I caved, bought a cherry pitter tool, and have not looked back since.

Jar of jam with cherries around it

If cherries are not in season, you can use frozen cherries. Any cherry variety, or a mixture of cherries, will work.

Cherries can be expensive, so when I see fresh cherries go on sale, I stock up and make a large batch of Homemade Cherry Jam. Otherwise, I typically use frozen cherries because they are cheaper or close to the same price, frozen in season, and come without the pits!

Horizontal glass jar with cherry spread

Homemade Jam

Make your own homemade jams! They are easy and use just a few ingredients, with no pectin.

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Homemade Cherry Jam Recipe

A fast and easy homemade jam made with strawberries. No canning, no pectin.
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 Min or Less, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 404kcal



  • Remove the stems and pits from the cherries if needed.
  • Place the cherries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring the cherries to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer to thicken, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Use a potato masher or fork to mash the fruit as much or little as desired.
  • The jam is done when it is thick and more of a clump when put on a cold spoon or cold plate and tilted. If it runs like honey, it is not thick enough yet and you need to heat it longer.
  • Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.



Follow proper canning procedures to store at room temperature. You can also freeze this jam.
The volume you get will vary with how long you cook it (how thick it is) and how much you mash it.
This will roughly fill one pint sized mason jar, which is perfect for storing in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 404kcal | Carbohydrates: 104g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 503mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 96g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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By on July 12th, 2020

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Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Cherry Jam Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Such an interesting idea of preparing cherry jam, it goes so well with my morning breakfast routine. Loved the recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    I love homemade jellies and jams – they just taste 100% better! I haven’t made a cherry jam in a long time! Excited to make this recipe!


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