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SURE.JELL® for Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes - Sour Cherry Jam

SURE.JELL® for Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes - Sour Cherry Jam is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
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About 5 (1-cup) jars or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each

The key to great sour cherry jam? Fully ripened cherries. Try it now in this SURE.JELL for Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes - Sour Cherry Jam.

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  • Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain jars well before filling.
  • Stem and pit cherries. Finely chop or grind fruit. Measure exactly 5 cups prepared fruit into 6- or 8-qt. saucepot.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of the sugar (from the measured amount in bowl) and pectin in small bowl. Add to fruit in saucepot; mix well. Add butter to reduce foaming. Bring mixture to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 2-3/4 cups sugar. Return to full rolling boil and boil exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
  • Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on a towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing middles of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)

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 straight-edged knife.

Altitude Chart

At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated. 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.

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.


  • About 5 (1-cup) jars or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each

Healthy Living

  • Low fat
  • Low sodium
  • Generally Nutritious

Diet Exchange

  • 1/2 Carbohydrate

Nutrition Bonus

Use this fat-free lower sugar jam in place of a fat-based spread on toast slices or bagel halves.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size About 5 (1-cup) jars or 80 servings, 1 Tbsp. each
Calories 40
Total fat 0g
Saturated fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 10mg
Carbohydrate 10g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 0 %DV
Calcium 0 %DV
Iron 0 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

Ratings & Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Option Using Cherry Jam Recipe I used this recipe to make low sugar gooseberry jam and it turned out wonderfully! I put the fruit through a grinder (food processor would probably also work, but note, the blender did not do so well). I figured that the gooseberries are about the same tartness as sour cherries so the amount of sugar used should be perfect. Turned out I was right!
Date published: 2016-07-08
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