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Desserts

30 Minutes to Homemade SURE.JELL Sweet Cherry Freezer Jam

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Making this easy, no-cook freezer jam is a great way to preserve sweet, ripe cherries for year-round enjoyment.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
24 hr 30 min
servings
total:
about 5 (1-cup) containers or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
SURE-JELL Premium Fruit Pectin

What You Need

2
cups  prepared fruit (buy about 1-1/2 lb. fully ripe sweet cherries)
2
Tbsp.  fresh lemon juice
4-1/4
cups  sugar, measured into separate bowl
3/4
cup  water
1
box  SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin

Make It

RINSE clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.

STEM and pit cherries. Finely chop or grind fruit. Measure exactly 2 cups cherries into large bowl. Stir in lemon juice and sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.

MIX water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 min., stirring constantly. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 min. or until sugar is dissolved and no longer grainy. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)

FILL all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

How to Measure Precisely
To get exact level cup measures of sugar, spoon sugar into dry metal or plastic measuring cups, then level by scraping excess sugar from top of cup with a straight-edged knife.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
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