Do you have just 3 cups of sweet red cherries and not know what to do with them? Make this easy pectin free refrigerator jam. Traditional canning can be a daunting or time-consuming task for many people, but this recipe which provides the same results takes a fraction of that time. Bonus, you probably already have all the ingredients right there at home!


  • 3 c. of sweet red cherries, destemmed and pitted
  • ¾ c. granulated white sugar
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 2 tbsp. of lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch (for slurry)
  • 1 tbsp. water (for slurry)


  1. Destem and pit the cherries. A cherry pitter is a great tool to have but is not necessary for this project.

  2. Add the pitted cherries, granulated white sugar, honey and lemon juice to a medium sized pot and allow to sit for 5 minutes stirring frequently to release some of the juices.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over high heat, then immediately reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. When the 30 minutes have passed, mix the cornstarch and water, add the slurry to the cherry mixture, and stir until thickened. Remove from heat. 
  5. Pour the hot cherry jam into a clean, heat safe 16 oz. jar with lid or several smaller containers.
  6. Since we are not canning this product, allow to cool on the counter and place in the fridge or freezer for later use. 
  7. Use within a month in the fridge and within 12 months if stored in the freezer.

We paired this recipe with a crusty bread and brie cheese, which was an absolute delight.

Recipe by: Valerie Musser of @valeriesofcoursecatering

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