Cherry Jam Sour Cherry Jam Recipe

Sour Cherry Jam

This Sour Cherry Jam recipe is brought to you by Zoe over at Scout’s Stitches.   She also helped review The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour and I’m excited to have her back.


Thank you, Stevie, for having me as a guest today. My name is Zoe and I blog over at Scout’s Stitches. I write about whatever I feel like, mostly cooking, sewing and crafting. Today I will share with you a recipe I made recently that was really delicious.

One of my favorite parts of summer is all of the fresh fruit from the trees. We planted a few fruit trees at my new house last fall, but they won’t be ready for a while. I am lucky to have a nice neighbor who had a good harvest of sour cherries and let me pick as many as I would like. So I made some sour cherry jam. This recipe would work with sweet cherries from the store too.

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Sour Cherry Jam Recipe

Makes about 6 cups jam

  • 4 cups sour cherries (stems discarded, pitted and finely chopped)
  • 4 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 box Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin


  1. Measure chopped cherries into a 8 quart saucepan. Measure sugar into separate bowl.
  2. Stir 1 box of pectin into the saucepan.  If desired you can add 1/2 tsp butter to reduce foaming.
  3. Bring mixture to rolling boil on high heat, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir in sugar quickly, return to rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat. Ladle quickly into prepared jars and process in water bath for 10 minutes.

Cherry Jam - Sour Cherry Jam

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Thanks, Zoe, for this great recipe.  In honour of your yummy looking jam I’ve created some great printable jam labels to jazz up the jars.  Click on the graphic below to download and print on label paper.  Or check out these other printable jam label designs.

Sour Cherry Jam Printable Label

  1. Zoe Rohr
    Zoe RohrJuly 2,12

    ohh, awesome labels Stevie! I will have to print some out!

  2. Stoney Acres
    Stoney AcresJuly 2,12

    Thanks for a great recipe. I’m not a big fan of fresh cherries but I love them in jams and other goodies!!

  3. kitsapFG
    kitsapFGJuly 3,12

    Cherry jam is one of the more favored jams in our household. It’s not often I can find a good source of pie cherries to use for it though as I don’t have any friends locally with a tree.

    • Stevie
      StevieJuly 5,12

      kitsap, I would love to have all kinds of fruit trees or neighbours who share. If only….

  4. Nowandthen
    NowandthenJuly 4,12

    It looks delicious.

  5. jordan
    jordanJuly 27,17

    I was just wondering if this jam actually tastes sour like the cherries or if its sweetened enough to have a nice flavor.

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseJuly 27,17

      Hi Jordan, it’s sweet! It has a ton of sugar. I think you could even try reducing it.

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