Picking pie cherries is one of my most favorite activities of the summer! And when I make this cherry pie jam I am preserving a little bit of summer in every jar to savor throughout the year. Picking cherries is always the easy part right? I can easily pick 15 to 20 pounds in an hour. It’s the pitting that can be more time consuming. With the Montmorency pie cherries I find the pits come out pretty easily without using much effort, but I have found this cherry pitter to be quite helpful when removing the pits from sweet cherries.
Have you all used Pomona’s Pectin yet? The great thing about Pomona’s is you can use any low sugar or sugar free sweetener you want to to make awesome jam. I personally like using apple juice concentrate as my sweetener, you know the little frozen cartons you can buy at the grocery store that you normally add water to to make apple juice? I just measure out 1 cup of the frozen concentrate and use it as a sweetener for this recipe. Or you can use any other sweetener in it’s place including: Stevia (that measures cup for cup), Maple Syrup, Honey, Xylitol (keep xylitol away from dogs!), or any other sweetener that measures out like sugar….