Sour cherries are different than sweet – they are not good eating cherries but are great for baking and jams!
WHY do I go through this minor hassle to make home made jam?
Let’s look at cost first:
The average jar of jam at the grocery store is $4.00 — using FREE fruit, sale priced sugar and the jars I already have, I can make a jar for about $.10 each, saving over 97%. This may not seem like much but I make over 50 jars of assorted jams in the summer, so it saves me over $200 a year.
Now let’s talk taste:
A-MA-ZING. You can taste the freshness in home made jam. Sugar is a natural preservative and better for you than all the long words that you can’t pronounce! Give the jars a quick, 15 minute hot water bath and they are shelf stable for 2 years!
You betcha! It really doesn’t take much time to make the actual jam – it takes the longest to pick the berries/cherries/rhubarb and top/pit/slice it. Add a little colored fabric and ribbon to the top and it’s a gourmet treat that is sure to be enjoyed!
My recipe is similar to the one you see on the Sure Jell packages – but one “secret”.
Start with all the yummy cherries!
Do NOT get the imitation here — go for the real stuff.
(I do them in the dishwasher)