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Rainier Cherry Jam

This three-ingredient homemade jam is a great way to incorporate sweet and seasonal Rainier cherries into more of your favorite summertime snacks. Try it with crackers or toasted bread!

Serves 32
Ready in 40 mins
Prep time 5 mins
Cooking time 35 mins
30 calories per serving


> 3 cup Rainier cherries, pitted and halved
> 2 tbsp lemon juice
> 3/4 cup sugar


Add the cherries to a saucepan with the lemon juice and bring them to a boil.
Cook for a few minutes until the cherries release their juices.
Add the sugar and cook until sugar is dissolved. Then, let the mixture return to a boil and cook over medium-high heat for two minutes.
Use a potato masher to gently mash the fruit into a jam-like consistency.
Continue to simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring often. The jam will be loose but should coat the back of a spoon. It will thicken more as it sets.
Transfer the jam to a glass jar and cool completely. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.


This recipe is for 1 pint of jam or 2 half-pint jam jars.

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