Cherry Almond Jam
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Hanawalt
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Homemade jam makes a great, thoughtful Christmas gift that's budget-friendly and tastes like cherry pie on your toast! Includes step-by-step directions with photos.
Ingredients
  • 3 12 oz bags of frozen sweet cherries, thawed and drained
  • 6 Tbsp Ball Classic Pectin
  • ¾ C almond liqueur
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4½ C raw sugar
Instructions
  1. After thawing cherries, drain and set juices aside.
  2. Finely chop the cherries with a knife and then combine them in a saucepan with the pectin, almond liqueur, and the lemon juice.
  3. Bring the cherries to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent burning, then add the sugar and return the mixture to a boil. Boil the jam at a hard boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, and then remove from the heat.
  4. Dip your ladle and funnel into your boiling water for approximately 1 minute to ensure they are sterile. Next, ladle the jam into warm, sterilized canning jars. Be sure not to touch the insides of the jars and resist the temptation to lick your fingers throughout the process (this part will be difficult). This will ensure that you create a sterile environment within the jars by the time you're done.
  5. Next, clean the rims of your jars with a paper towel that you dipped into boiling water. If there is jam on the rims of the jars when you place the lid on top, it can compromise the integrity of the seal.
  6. Now you'll get ready to sterilize your lids in the small saucepan of hot water. You'll want to be careful not to boil the lids, as this can damage the seals (I know, there are so many things to remember when you're canning), so bring the water to a boil first, remove from the heat, and then place the lids inside. Wait 5 minutes before using, so that the heat has time to work it's bacteria-killing magic. Next, remove the lids with the magnetic lid grabber, being sure not to touch the bottoms of the lids, and place them on the jars.
  7. Finally, place your rings on your jars. Now comes the tricky part - you will screw the ring on until it is just tight, and then go back the other direction about one-eighth of an inch, or a couple of millimeters, loosening the ring a bit. This is very important - don't skip this step! This will allow some air to escape the jars while you're boiling them, and then create a vacuum as they cool, sealing the jars.
  8. Place the jars into the boiling hot water bath (or large pot) using your jar grabber. Bring the water to a full boil, place the lid on the pot, and set your timer for 10 minutes. I used too small of a pot, because I'm too cheap to buy a larger one, so water spilled all over my stove... I don't recommend doing this.
  9. After the jars have boiled (or have been "processed") for ten minutes, remove them from the pot using your grabber again and place them upright on some dish towels to cool. You will need to let them rest for 24 hours, so pick a place where they won't be in the way, and won't be a temptation for little hands or curious pets. That said, I do encourage you to crack open a jar early! You will just need to store it in the refrigerator after it has been opened.
  10. Once 24-hours have elapsed remove all the rings from your jars. This will prevent moisture from forming around the edge of the lid and ensure the integrity of your seal. Your jars are now ready to store in a cool, dark place, such as your pantry or your basement. They will keep for 12 months. Once a jar is open, it will keep in the refrigerator for 1 month. When storing an opened jar, use one of your rings to keep the lid on tight.
Notes
This recipe is adapted from the Ball Blue Book. All of my canning recipes are adapted from sources that test their recipes for food safety.
Recipe by Simple Seasonal at https://simpleseasonal.com/recipes/specific-audiences/canning/cherry-almond-jam