Freezer Cherry Jam

Freezer Cherry Jam
With a few ingredients, some freezer pectin, and fresh bing cherries, you can make jam that will remind you of summer the whole year round. Look for freezer pectin in the canning aisle of your supermarket.

INGREDIENTS:
6 cups bing cherries
1-2/3 cups sugar
1 pouch freezer jam pectin
1 tablespoon lemon juice

PREPARATION:
Place five (250 ml) mason jars in the dishwasher and run through the wash cycle to sanitize. Leave jars in dishwasher until you’re ready to fill them.
Carefully pit cherries, remove stems, and coarsely chop them.
In large bowl, combine sugar and the freezer jam pectin; stir well with wire whisk. Stir cherries along with their juice and the lemon juice into the sugar mixture and stir well for 3-4 minutes to dissolve the sugar.
Ladle jam into each jar leaving about 1/2" of headspace. Wipe tops of jars with a damp cloth and place lids on jars; fasten securely. Let stand at room temperature for one hour, then label and freeze up to one year. When opened, each jar will last, refrigerated, for about three weeks. You can also refrigerate the jars for up to three weeks; I do that with the first one and freeze the rest, taking them out of the freezer and putting them in the fridge the night before I want to use the jam.