Cherry-Almond Jam

Cherry-Almond Jam is a low-sugar or low-honey cooked jam made with Pomona’s Pectin using the juice and the pulp of grapes other than Concord-type grapes. Pomona’s Pectin contains no sugar or preservatives and jells reliably with low amounts of any sweetener. See below for where to buy.

Yield: about 5 cups

Before You Begin:
Prepare calcium water. To do this, combine ½ teaspoon calcium powder (in the small packet in your box of Pomona’s pectin) with ½ cup water in a small, clear jar with a lid. Shake well. Calcium water can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Cherry-Almond Jam Ingredients

3 pounds cherries (to make 4 cups pulpy juice)
½ cup water

Wash, remove stems, and mash grapes. Bring grapes and water to a boil in a sauce pan then simmer covered on low for 10 minutes. Strain out seeds and skins with a Foley mill.

Make Cherry-Almond Jam with:
4 cups pulpy juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 teaspoons calcium water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons Pomona’s pectin powder

Cherry-Almond Jam Directions

1. Wash jars, lids, and bands. Place jars in canner, fill canner 2/3 full with water, bring to a boil. Turn off heat, cover, and keep jars in hot canner water until ready to use. Place lids in water in a small sauce pan; cover and heat to a low boil. Turn off heat and keep lids in hot water until ready to use.

2. Measure fruit and spices into saucepan.

3. Add calcium water and lemon juice and mix well.

4. Measure sugar into a bowl. Thoroughly mix pectin powder into sugar. Set aside.

5. Bring fruit mixture to a full boil. Add pectin-sweetener mixture, stirring vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes to dissolve the pectin while the jam comes back up to a boil. Once the jam returns to a full boil, remove it from the heat.

6. Fill hot jars to ¼” of top. Wipe rims clean. Screw on 2-piece lids. Put filled jars in boiling water to cover. Boil 10 minutes (add 1 minute more for every 1,000 ft. above sea level). Remove from water. Let jars cool. Check seals; lids should be sucked down. Eat within 1 year. Lasts 3 weeks once opened.

For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.

Pomona’s Pectin is available at your local natural food store, food co-op, and many farm stands. Find it also at Sur La Table and a growing number of more conventional grocery stores with natural food sections (Wegmans, Hy-Vee, Rosauers, Nugget Markets, Coborns, Fairway, and others). If you can’t find a store near you on our store locator, you can order from our website or many other online sellers.

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