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

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

45 mins
15 mins
5 mins
1 hr 5 mins
5 half-pint jars


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

54 calories; carbohydrates 13g; sugars 13g; vitamin a 145.5IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 0.9mcg; potassium 20mg; calcium 2mg.