How To Make Black Cherry Jam

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Ingredients: Black Cherry Jam Recipe

Photo of Black Cherries2 lb / 1,000 grams of black cherries
1 1/2 lb / 750 grams of white granulated sugar
1 lemon

Method - What To Do

Wash all of the cherries and allow to dry. The next step is the most fiddly part - removing all of the stones. If you are planning to make a large amount of cherry jam, then it may well prove sensible to first invest in a small cherry pitter kitchen tool to speed up the process. Alternatively, you may be able to create your own device, or simply cut the cherries in half and remove the stones this way.

Once all of the stones have been removed, place the cherries into a large saucepan, together with the juice of one lemon (this will add a little extra natural pectin and help the sugar to jell), and gently simmer the mixture until the fruit has started to become noticeably soft. Remove the pan of cherry mix from the heat and stir in all of the sugar until it has completely vanished into the juices.

When the sugar crystals have all dissolved and are no longer visible, place the saucepan back onto the heat and boil the mixture for ten minutes, stirring as required to prevent any possible burning at the bottom. Test the cherry mixture to see if it is ready to set. This is most easily done by dripping a small amount onto a previously chilled dish and waiting a minute to see if it begins to firm up, forming a skin. If not, place the saucepan back on the heat and boil for a few more minutes, testing again until the jam has reached its natural setting point.

Turn the heat off and remove the pan to cool. Any scum should be spooned off as the cherry jam begins to cool down. After a few minutes of cooling, the mixture can be transferred to glass jars that have been prepared in advance, by fully sterilising.

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