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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A DIY Valentine Gift from the Heart: "Cherries Jubilation Refrigerator Jam"

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and I love to make a homemade valentine treat for my nearby friends and loved ones. This year, I chose to make a cherry refrigerator jam with not one, but two kinds of cherries. I love the flavor combination of red cherries and black cherries. As a special touch, I like to serve it at my house on slices of toast that I cut into a heart shape using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. This is also a fun jam recipe to celebrate the President's Day holiday coming up.



"Cherries Jubilation Refrigerator Jam"
*makes 6 half-pint jars

1 cup red cherries, pitted and chopped
1 cup black cherries, pitted and chopped  
4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered no-sugar fruit pectin
3/4 cup water
6 half-pint canning/freezer jars

Rinse 6 clean half-pint freezer-safe canning/freezer jars with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Wash cherries, remove pits and chop in quarters. Place in medium bowl. Do not drain cherries. If cherries have been chilled, set aside until the cherries reach room temperature. In large mixing bowl, combine room temperature cherries with sugar and lemon juice. Stir well. Set mixture aside 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes. In saucepan, combine powdered fruit pectin and water. Stir well. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Immediately add pectin mixture to cherries and stir well. Keep stirring mixture about 3 minutes until sugar is completely dissolved. Quickly pour into sterile jars to within 1/2 inch of top of jar. Wipe off top edges of jar and cover with lid. Makes 6 half-pint jars. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours to set. After jam has set, enjoy immediately or it can be frozen for up to one year. Once opened, it can be stored in refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!

35 comments:

  1. I have never made jam, but just reading your recipe brings back fond memories of my mom's strawberry jam. Definitely something I'd like to try making sometime!

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  2. That is such an amazing idea to do this for Valentines. Not to mention yummy. I've never made jam, but one of these days I'm going to try it. #SITSBlogging

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  3. I've always wanted to make jam, but sadly, I end up baking instead. HOWEVER, you make this look so EASY!

    #SITSBlogging

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  4. So cute! I will have to make these for my boys tomorrow! #SITSBlogging

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  5. So yummy. Homemade jab is my favorite treat! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  6. Wow! Looks yummy and made with love! Stopping by from #SITSBLOG Warmly, Kathy

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  7. I have never made Jam before - but I love Jam. I may have to try making it sometime - #SITSBlogging

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  8. I love homemade jam and this one is perfect for tomorrow, thanks for the idea!
    #sitsblogging

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  9. I've never tried making refrigerator jam, but it sounds too easy not to! #SITSBlogging

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  10. I've never made jam before but would love to. I'm pinning your recipe to try later. Coming over from the SITS group - happy to have found your blog!

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  11. I've also never made refrigerator jam before so I'm going to have to try this one out soon. Always looking for something new and yummy to try.

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  12. I love cherries, but I've never had cherry jam. I have to try making this! #SITSBlogging

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  13. Angela, I love cherry jam. And it is so fitting because Washington's birthday is coming and we all know what happened to that cherry tree. My guess is that he wanted to make some jam!

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  14. Thank you for the recipe! It looks delicious.

    http://ahleessa4realz.blogspot.com/

    #SITSBlogging

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  15. That looks delicious -- I'm such a sucker for any and all things with cherries!

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  16. This looks yummy! I'm gonna pin it to try!

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  17. I love freezer jams, easy enough for even me (not a skilled cook) to tackle!
    SITS LOVE
    ~Meegan
    http://www.flatstoflipflops.com

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  18. I've ALWAYS wanted to make a jam, this seems like the best way to ease myself into it.

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  19. I LOVE homemade jam! It's one of my favorite gifts to receive. this looks delish! #SITSblogging

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  20. Homemade jam is the best! We always make some for Christmas gifts. I'll be adding this to our list this year! Yum!! #SITSBlogging

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  21. Love the idea of heart shaped toast. And to top it with home made jam? Would could be better? :-)

    Becky
    SITSblogging

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  22. Thats sounds really good and easy to make. Jam really does make the best gifts.

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  23. I've always wanted to give canning or making jam a try! Its always been kind of intimidating but this just sound absolutely incredible! yummy!
    PS: i love the name of your blog. can't wait to read more
    #sitsblogging

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  24. Sounds delicious! I've never made homemade jam because I always thought it would be too difficult or time consuming to try. I might just try this one though, seems simple enough. Thanks for sharing! #SITSBlogging

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  25. This would be nice to try. I made strawberry freezer jams but I'd like to try this. #SITSblogging

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  26. I would love to try this! I have always wanted to do something like this.

    Amanda // Happily Ever After
    http://www.karlshappilyeverafter.blogspot.com/

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  27. Yum! I've never had cherry jam! I'm pinning this for later, it looks wonderful! I also love your idea of serving it on heart toast for Valentine's Day. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #SITSBlogging.

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  28. This sounds so good. I've made jam once and it wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be. Def. have to try this recipe.

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  29. This is so adorable. Love the hearts! #SITSBlogging

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  30. ADORABLE!!! I am pinning this for next year :) (stopping by from SITS)

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  31. Looks delicious!!! Doesn't seem difficult at all! #SITSBlogging

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  32. This is a great recipe. My son loves cherries and I am always trying to find ways to work them into our meals. I think he will love this!

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  33. Oo I like the sound of this! I just need my mom's cherry tree to produce :) #SITSBlogging

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