June 15, 2010

Cherry Freezer Jam

Yesterday, I was feeling kinda blah, so I forced myself to get off my butt and do something! I knew I needed to get my fresh, sour cherries made into jam...and SOON, before they got all mushy and yucky.

The first thing I needed to do was learn how to pit the cherries. On the Internet, I learned a couple of different ways. One, of course, was to cut them open with a knife and pull out the pit with your fingers. OK, that will take forever! The other way, involved using an opened paper clip as a tool...insert it into the top of the cherry next to the stem, swoop in and pull out the pit, stem and all. I had my doubts...but holy cow!! It worked like a charm!!

I was able to pit the cherries in no time!

I don't ever remember tasting freshly made cherry jam before, so I am very excited to try it!

Here is the finished product.

And here is the finished product with some fancy, dancy vintage fabric on top!

I am a sucker for reproduction vintage fabric...
and I am a sucker for jelly jars gussied up with vintage fabric!

UPDATE: I tried the cherry jam on a piece of white bread with butter, and...it was fantastic! I am so glad I gave this recipe a try.


  1. so when u pit the cherries the stem comes out connected? thats neat.. I will have to try that one!

  2. yes, the stem comes right with it! sooo cool!

  3. Thanks for the yummy post. And I love the name of your blog!

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. Michelle, thanks for stopping by my blog! Glad you like the name of my blog, yours has got a catchy little title too...very cute!

  5. This is exactly the way my grandmother pitted sour cherries... and with the stem and pits she used to make a liquer... you brought a smile onto my face since you reminded her to me... Thank you!

  6. Love the cherry pit tip! I never knew they were connected either! My daughter won't eat fresh cherries because of the pits, and she has been missing out!

  7. Eleni..I'm glad my post made you think of your grandmother...how nice!! That made me feel good!

  8. Meg, glad you liked the cherry pit tip. i was so excited that it worked so well, but i have to say, when i tried it with the larger sweet Bing cherries, it did not work as well, it was a lot more messy and a little harder to pull them out. but i will try again.

  9. Did you drain the liquid before mixing the cherries and sugar? They are soooo juicy and I'm not sure if I need to adjust the recipe. Any info is much appreciated!