05 June 2013

cherry jam


cherry jam.

There are quite a few cherry stands popping up around my town. Tis the season.
I bought a bag of cherries, not knowing what I would do with them but just felt compelled to buy them because of their deep color, amazing taste and cheap price.
I kept thinking I should make a pie.
Cherry pie, not something I often have.

But then when push came to shove and I really needed to either eat them all or make something quick before they all went bad, I really didn't want pie.
Strange, who doesn't want pie? Pie always sounds good to me, if it's in the apartment, that is definitely going to be eaten for breakfast.

But with a abundance of coffee in my system and taking forever cutting out all of the little pits, I really just wasn't craving sweets. So jam seemed like the perfect option since it could be eaten later. Plus I only needed a few ingredients for it which was perfect because my fridge and pantry is quite sparse at the moment.

So I made jam. I didn't use a recipe.

You could go look one up if you feel so compelled but sometimes its just nice to wing it.
I took the de-pitted flesh of the cherries, tossed it in my big le creuset (courtesy of sur la table), squeezed a lemon over them to preserve the color and threw a bit of sugar on top. Probably one cup of sugar for a bag of cherries.
Then just let it boil until it all the liquid had reduced quite a bit until a thick, gooey sauce. I heated it over low heat, since my stovetop can burn everything even on low but you could probably use a medium flame. Just give it a quick stir every once in a while so the bottom doesn't burn.
Then I spooned it into two little weck jars and boiled them in a waterbath to 'can' them.
The ball jar website has a great 'canning 101' instructions you can download that will give you all the proper information. HERE is the link.

Thats it, quick a simple.

Now time to get ready to go ride bikes and see the Great Gatsby tonight!









Eileen said...

Ooh, cherry jam sounds delightful! Now if only I could keep cherries out of my mouth long enough to actually cook with them... :)

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious!

Hannah Nicole said...

this looks absolutely scrumptious. xx

Laura Vein said...

Yum! And gorgeous!

QuinnCooper said...

Beautiful photos.
I love jam, but I've never tried cherry jam. Sounds really delicious.
You're photos are making me hungry,
xo Quinn

Quinn Cooper Style

Liz said...

Love cherry jam! Your pics are amazing! :)

elizabeyta said...

Jam might be a better option for me then pie. But the reason I am really leaving a comment, is that I love the picture of the cherries in the cake tin next to the knife. :) It makes me smile.

DOROTHY said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thanks so much. : )

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I don't think I've ever tried cherry jam before, sounds delicious!

Nancy Wilde said...

loooove these so much!

peanutbutterandonion said...

MMMM cherry jam.. and I just bought a cherry pitter!

Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking said...

I love cherry season and everything cherry. I have never made cherry jam before and now I wish I had some to spread over a slice of toast.

Jade Sheldon-Burnsed said...

Mmm. Sounds so fresh, tart, and insanely delicious. How I love this time of year!