This year has been another great summer for our sour cherry tree, so it was a no brainier that we’ll do some jam…and oh, what jam we did!
This is hands down, the best so far…and yes, it does look like strawberry or raspberry jam, hahaha, but it’s not.
My secret ingredient is chia seeds, super healthy and your best friend if you want to use less sugar but you want the thick texture.
Ingredients: 2kg pitted sour cherries, 1kg caster sugar, the juice of 2 lemons. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down and let it simmer slowly until it thickens, but not all the way. Make sure you do stir using a wooden spoon and the heat is always on low. Once it starts thickening and the juice has reduced at least 3/4, you can smash the fruit using a fork or a potato smasher.
Once you are happy with the texture, I’ve let it simmer for about 2 hours, you can turn the heat off and add 4 tbs of chia seeds. Stir and leave to cool half way, so not completely cold, before you store in jars.
I usually place the jars on a tray with greaseproof paper in the oven for about 10 minutes, this will disinfect the jars and kill any bacteria. Once the jam is stored and still warm, cover the jars with a kitchen towel and leave it until they cool down completely. Once a jar is opened, store it in the fridge until consumed.
I would love to see what other recipes you guys use for homemade jam. This has worked for me both times and the jam is absolutely delicious.
If you want to reduce the sugar, you will need to increase the quantity of the chia seeds to obtain the thick texture. As I have used the sour cherries, sugar was needed for a sweater taste, but for sweet cherries I would definitely use around 800g sugar and 6 tbs of chia seeds.
Let me know if you ever try the recipe.
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