Tart Cherry Jelly


Store this jelly in cans to use on sandwiches or toast, or try making jelly donuts with this recipe inside.

Tart Cherry Jelly
Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Process Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
5 half-pint jars


  • 2 pound fresh tart red cherries or two 16-oz. pkgs. frozen pitted tart red cherries

  • 2 cup water

  • 1 1.75 ounce pkg. regular powdered fruit pectin or 6 Tbsp. classic powdered fruit pectin

  • 4 ½ cup sugar


  1. Place unpitted fresh cherries or frozen cherries in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot. Add the water. Bring to simmering (do not boil). Simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until cherries are soft and the skins begin to split. Using a potato masher, carefully crush cherries. Remove from heat.

  2. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl. Ladle cherries into sieve. Using the back of a large spoon, press cherries to release juice; discard pits and pulp. Line a colander with a double layer of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth; place over a large bowl. Strain juice through cheesecloth; do not squeeze cheesecloth or jelly may be cloudy. Measure 3 1/2 cups juice. Discard pulp in cheesecloth.

  3. In the same pot stir together the 3 1/2 cups cherry juice and the pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar. Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off foam with a metal spoon.

  4. Ladle hot jelly into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  5. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner 5 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Cherry Rosemary-Almond Jelly

Prepare as directed, except stir 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1 tsp. almond extract into jelly after skimming off the foam.Nutrition analysis per serving: same as above except 55 calories, 14 g carbohydrate


For best flavor, choose cherries that are fully ripe. Look for glossy-skinned, chubby cherries with deep color. Discard fruit with cracked or split skin.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
13g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Total Sugars 13g
Vitamin C 1.1mg 6%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Potassium 20mg 0%
Folate, total 0.9mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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