Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cherry Jam

I was able to get my hands on some tart cherries even though much of the crop was ruined by frost this year.  I love cherry jam made with tart cherries and so used all the cherries to make jam.  Unfortunately I had 3 half pint jars of jam crack and break in the canner during processing.  One broke in the first batch and two in the second.  I am not sure what happened.  I properly inspected, washed and preheated all the jars before processing.  But it made me sick because of how much I love this jam and how sparse cherries are this year to have three jars ruined.


  1. Ugh, that is so frustrating! That happened to me last year when I was canning salsa. I blamed it on boiling the water too hard and not using the rack at the bottom. Regardless, I'm jealous of your sour cherry jam. I picked a lot of sweet cherries, but no sour cherries that I like far better than sweet...

    1. After doing some reading I have also concluded it was from boiling the water too hard before I put the cans in. The water should be hot but not boiling when adding them to the pot. I guess in the past I haven't had enough time to get the water that hot before putting the cans in. O well.