Small Batch Sweet Cherry Lime Jam

To kick off Cherry Week, I’m sharing my small batch recipe for Cherry Lime Jam. This is the recipe I demonstrated last week during my livestream with Jenny from The Domestic Wildflower. This little batch cooks up in 15 minutes and yields two half pints with a little leftover for immediate eating. The flavor of the limes helps balance the intensity of the cherries and makes for a very tasty PB&J.

You can get the recipe and watch the livestream after the jump!

Small Batch Sweet Cherry Lime Jam

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • zest from 1 lime
  • juice from 2 limes

Instructions

  1. Prepare a boiling water bath canner and two half pint jars.
  2. Combine the cherries and sugarin a low, wide, non-reactive pan.
  3. Bring to a boil over high heat and then reduce the heat to medium. Simmer, stirring regularly and occasionally mashing with a potato masher until thick (12-18 minutes, depending on the height of the heat and the width of your pan). Towards the end of cooking, add the lime zest and juice.
  4. Funnel into the prepared jars. Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings, and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
  5. When the time is up, remove the jars and set them on a folded kitchen towel to cool. When the jars have cooled enough that you can comfortably handle them, check the seals. Sealed jars can be stored at room temperature for up to a year. Any unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used promptly.
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26 Responses to Small Batch Sweet Cherry Lime Jam

  1. 1
    Howard says:

    That is a GREAT idea for a jam!!

  2. 2
    Lisa Noble says:

    Marisa:
    Would cane or maple sugar work here, or do I need white?

  3. 3
    Laura from NJ says:

    This jam sounds lovely. I might have to whip up a batch or two for Christmas-time use in pecan thumbprint cookies…

  4. 4
    lauren says:

    Does this not need pectin to set?

  5. 5
    Sarah camp says:

    Sounds like a great recipe, thank you. I have two suggestions, for those new to canning, specify that the processing time should begin when the water bath is boiling. Also when the timing is complete, removing the canner from the burner, remove the lid and wait for five minutes before removing the jars from the water. Doing this increases the probability of the jars sealing.
    Thank you for promotimg safe food preservation.

  6. 6
    Madison says:

    Today I adapted your recipe slightly to use in my Ball Jam/Jelly maker, since they seemed similar enough. I used Ball Jam/Jelly maker Sweet Cherry Jam recipe, but substituted 2 Tbsp. lime juice & added zest of one lime to batch as well. Made 4 half pts. It is THE BOMB! Thank you so very much!!!!

  7. 7
    Noreen Flanagan Johnson says:

    Thank you!

  8. 8
    Joanna P (former FtC) says:

    Hi Marisa! Leaving a question here instead of messaging you, because it seems like it might be generally useful…

    So I’ve browsed a few of your cherry-jam recipes and comments, but pardon me if you’ve covered this somewhere that I’ve missed. What I’m super-curious about is why I haven’t found any jam recipes that call for cooking the cherries WITH pits – since now I’m reading all about that stone fruit/cherry pit almond-y flavor! — then pitting them when soft? Aside from infusing the jam with that almond-y flavor (maybe?), it also seems like it’s easier to pit them when soft.

    I did do that yesterday – cook THEN pit – for a gelee for a tart, but that’s different than jam…

    • 8.1
      Marisa says:

      I do sometimes cook the cherries lightly before making a preserve, in order to be able to pinch out the pits. Most of the time, it’s just easier to remove the pits before cooking. I don’t find that they impart much of an almond flavor when cooked, though. Typically you need to smash or crush the pits to extract that flavor and it needs to infuse for a longer period of time.

      • Joanna says:

        Thanks! Cooking a little does make pitting them easier, but you’re right after cooking a couple batches of purée this weekend, I didn’t notice much almond flavor… now I just have to attempt smashing the leftover pits to infuse vodka. 😜

        • Laura from NJ says:

          I have done this; my ratios are 2 cups of vodka for the pits of at least 2 pounds of cherries (this works well in a pint canning jar). I recommend placing the pits in a zipper-lock plastic bag, or they will squirt everywhere when bashing then. Also, a standard hammer works better than a meat mallet, due to the smaller surface area, you get more force per pit. Also, you’re best tapping the pits enough to crack open the outer pit shell without smashing up the central pit kernel, or you may have some challenges when it comes time to filter your finished product. Also, if you leave a bit of the flesh on the pits when you infuse, the vodka takes on a lovely pinkish hue and you get a bit of cherry essence along with the almond flavor. I like to let the mix infuse for about 4 months, and feel free to add more pits as you go.

          • Joanna says:

            Laura, thanks so much for the tips!! Helpful to know! I was assuming a ziplock bag would be necessary, heh… And all I have is a hammer (not a meat mallet), so phew. OK, exciting possibilities here!

            And Marisa, I made this jam last night! It tastes *great*, so I am really excited about having it. Although I’m having such trouble getting cherry jams to set! (I also made a batch of the sour cherry/bourbon preserves, but let it overbake & start to taste burned while I was adding pectin, so I composted it.)

            I tried to follow everything in your Canning 101 post re getting jam to set:
            – used 1:1 fruit to sugar (around 1 1/4lb, just how a qt shook out)
            – temp above 212F
            – wide sauté pan
            I ended up adding 2 tsp of pectin (Sure Jell is what I had, although I know you said it can be less effective), and I honestly think it still hasn’t set although I was scarred by the sour cherry batch I let cook too long, took it off the oven, and will wait to see what happens in 24-48 hours.

            I don’t necessarily mind changing expectations – and will label this as ‘syrup’ for a pint I give away! – but I was hoping for PB&J as you mentioned! I just got some nice artisan almond butter… So I will have to do some kind of dipping situation, heh.

  9. 9
    Susan says:

    Hi Marissa! I’ve just made this recipe and it is fabulous! Recently purchased Preserving by the Pint and I’m looking forward to trying many more of your small batch recipes.

  10. 10
    Beth says:

    I made this over the weekend and it’s delicious! I really like the cherry and lime combo.

  11. 11
    Barb Pinson says:

    Have made this recipe twice…it is delicious! Going to make a third batch tonight. The best flavor and super easy…thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  12. 12
    Jesse Bartlett says:

    If I doubled this recipe and still not need pectin? I have my cherries pitted and ready to go. Can’t wait to try this!

    • 12.1
      Marisa says:

      If you double this batch, you will need pectin. It’s the small batch size and short cooking time that allows you to skip the pectin.

  13. 13
    Jesse Bartlett says:

    How much pectin? I would use 3 lbs. of cherries per batch. Thanks!

  14. 14
    Rita says:

    I made this in my 5qt dutch oven. After adding the lime juice it took a few more minutes to cook. Before canning it had a stronger lime flavor and seemed a little thin. However the finished (cooled) jam in a perfect soft set with a hint go lime. We prefer sour cherry. This will make good jam & cream cheese turnovers this winter.

  15. 15
    Kim pebley says:

    I have a question.. I bought cherries to make jam.. but, I am running out of time.. can I pit them .. freeze them and then still make this recipe? What would be the outcome?

  16. 16
    Lisa Putman says:

    I’m beginning to switch my jam and baking over to measuring by weight and am having some difficulty getting information for cherries. If I start with 1.5 pounds of cherries what will they weigh AFTER pitting (approximately, of course)?L

  17. 17
    Deidre says:

    I had 5 pounds of cherries in the fridge that were on their last leg. It was late at night but I managed to pit them all, make a batch of jam with some, and stick the rest in the freezer. I also just froze the jam rather than processing it, because it was so late. Can I just say how yummy this jam turned it? It was really so easy and now I can still enjoy the cherries now that the season has passed. I also lemon instead of lime because that’s what I had on hand. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!

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