Cherry Jam Recipe


Fresh Cherries

Here are the ingredients for making homemade cherry jam.

  • 800 grams cherries
  • 1 lemon
  • 600 grams white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter

You will also need some clean glass jars to store the jam. Sterilise the jars by putting them in an oven at 120°C for 20 minutes. Leave the jars in the oven until the jam is ready.



Rinse the cherries and remove the stems.

Squeeze the juice from the lemon.

Put the cherries and lemon juice in a pot. Cook the ingredients for 30 minutes or until the fruits are tender. Press the cherries with a large spoon or potato masher so that the pips get squeezed out from the cherries. Remove the pips. A slotted spoon is useful for separating the pips from the cherries.

Cooking the cherries

Cook the cherries for a few minutes. Add in butter and stir until the butter is melted.

Remove the pot from the stove. Add in the sugar and stir until all the sugar is well mixed and dissolved.

Return the pot to the stove and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 20-30 minutes. Test the jam for consistency and continue to cook until the jam thickens to the right consistency. Pour the hot jam into the sterilised jars and tighten the lids.

The cherry jam can be stored in a cool, dark place for several months. Refrigerate when the jars are opened.

Cherries and Jam

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