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Homemade Cherry Jam {Easy Yummy Healthy}

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homemade cherry jam {easy yummy healthy}

Homemade Cherry Jam is so naturally yummy and healthy. It features frozen pitted organic cherries, turbinado sugar, grass-fed beef gelatin {or a small dried apple}. It is so quick and easy to make too. Perfectly to go with a slice of toast, or make a super tasty Jam Filled Butter Cookies.

Jam Filled Butter Cookies featuring homemade Cherry Jam
Jam Filled Butter Cookies Featuring Homemade Cherry Jam

Ingredients for Homemade Cherry Jam

For cherries, while you can either use frozen or fresh cherry, it is easier to use the amazing organic dark sweet cherries coming as frozen and pitted.

Apple is rich in pectin and helps to bind and thicken the jam naturally. It also enhances the flavor at the same time. Fuji apples or golden delicious are among the best suitable apples.

If you decide to make a vegan Cherry Jam by skipping the beef gelatin, make sure you use semi-dried fuji or golden delicious apple. The fresh ones contain too much liquid which might make the jam a bit too watery.

For sugar, turbinado sugar, also known as “sugar in the raw” is my primary go-to sugar. It has a pleasant, rich flavor, which is one secret for this super yummy soft chocolate chip cookie.

Homemade Cherry Jam Ingredients
Homemade Cherry Jam Ingredients

How to make cherry jam quick, easy, healthy, and yummy?

Combine cherry, apple, and sugar and cook on medium heat

Turn the heat to medium, and combine frozen pitted cherry, peeled apple slices, and sugar in a frying pan. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 15 minutes.

This hard anodized fry pan holds up heat very well and has a superb non-stick function, which works great for making jam. Mix and stir from time to time to make sure they are cooked evenly.

Combine cherry, apple slices and sugar in a fry pan
Combine cherry, apple slices, and sugar in a frying pan

Use a blender to blend the mixture into Cherry Jam

Pour the mixture into a blender, and use a mini silicone spatula to scrape the cherry mixture off the pan. Blend on high speed and turn the mixture into a smooth cherry jam.

Heat and fold the beef gelatin into the cherry jam

If you didn’t use the semi-dried apple or if the jam still appears to be a little watery, then add the cherry blend back to the frying pan. Sprinkle the gelatin powder evenly over the cherry blend. Turn the heat to medium and use a silicone spatula to continuously mix and fold the blend until it bubbles and thickens.

Turn off the heat, wait for the cherry jam to cool to room temperature, and then store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator.

Homemade Cherry Jam {Easy Yummy Healthy}
Homemade Cherry Jam {Easy Yummy Healthy}

All done! Enjoy a super yummy and healthy Homemade Cherry Jam.

Homemade Cherry Jam on a slice of toast

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homemade cherry jam {easy yummy healthy}

Homemade Cherry Jam Recipe {Vegan Adaptable}

Yield: 2 cups
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Homemade Cherry Jam featuring cherries and turbinado sugar is so yummy, healthy, and quick & easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 4 cup cherries, frozen, pitted, organic dark sweet cherries, see notes
  • 2/3 cup sugar, organic turbinado sugar preferred
  • 1/2 tsp grass-fed beef gelatin powder or a small dried apple, optional, see notes.

Instructions

  1. Turn the heat to medium, and combine frozen pitted cherry and sugar in a frying pan.
  2. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 7 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid, use a flexible turner to turn, and mix using a folding motion. Use a silicone spatula to scrape the cherry juice off the edge of the pan and add it to the middle of the cherry mixture.
  4. Leave the lid uncovered and cook for another 8 minutes. Turn and fold the mixture, and let it cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour the mixture into a blender, and use a silicone spatula to scrape the cherry mixture off the pan. Blend on high speed and turn the mixture into a smooth cherry smoothie.
  6. Optional step. If you prefer a thicker jam, add the cherry blend back to the pan, and sprinkle the gelatin powder evenly over the cherry mixture. Turn the heat to medium and use a continuous fold and mix motion until the whole thing bubbles, about 1 - 2 minutes.
  7. Wait for the Cherry Jam to cool to room temperature and then store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
    Homemade Cherry Jam {Easy Yummy Healthy}
  8. Enjoy a super healthy and yummy homemade cherry jam.
    A slice of toast and bun with homemade cherry jam

Notes

  • Organic frozen pitted cherries are excellent to make this cherry jam. Not only you can get quality frozen cherries such as organic dark sweet cherries at a reasonable price. They are also typically pitted, saving you the time to remove the seeds, and they are available all year round.
  • If you intend to use this as a spread on bread or buns, then no need to add either dried apple or beef gelatin. They are perfect as they are. However, if you plan to use this to make dishes such as Jam Filled Butter Cookies or Pie Filling, then use either beef gelatin or dried apple to thicken the Cherry Jam.
  • Apple is rich in pectin, and semi-dried fuji and golden delicious apples are especially so. If you use semi-dried fuji or golden delicious apples, you may not need to add beef gelatin powder, making this a vegan Cherry Jam. Keep in mind you have to use semi-dried apple, the fresh apple contains too much water which will make the jam watery.
  • Homemade Cherry Jam is excellent for making Jam Filled Butter Cookies.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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