Sweet Cherry Jam with Merlot Wine

We've been making this recipe from local farm market cherries for a couple of years. Sometimes we even have time to pick them ourselves, which makes the whole experience more fun! 
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry, jam
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Canning time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 8 oz jars
Calories 662kcal
Author Vintage Kitty


Canning supplies

  • 4 -8 oz (half pint) jam jars
  • Canning set (large pot, jar rack, jar lifter, canning funnel)
  • Ladle

Sweet Cherry Jam

  • 3 cups sweet cherries (about 1 quart)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup merlot wine
  • 2 -1.75 oz packages powdered fruit pectin


Canning Equipment

  • Fill your pot with water and bring to a boil
  • Place your jars in the boiling water for 10 minutes
  • Pull out the jars and place on a clean towel
  • Using tongs, dip the jar funnel and ladle in the boiling water to sterilize

Cherry Merlot Wine Jam

  • Wash and pit cherries and then chop about half of the cherries.
  • Place cherries, sugar, wine and lemon juice in a large heavy bottomed pot with a candy thermometer attached.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring often, skimming any foam that forms.
  • Once the temperature reaches 220F add in the pectin and stir until it's dissolved
  • Bring to a boil for one minute and then take off the heat
  • Using the jar funnel, ladle the jam evenly into the jars, making sure to leave a half inch of head room.
  • Place lids and rings on the jars and place in jar rack and lower into boiling water. Make sure water covers jars by at least 1-2 inches.
  • Boil for 15 minutes and remove jars with a jar lifter.
  • Place jars on a towel and leave 12-24 hours. Once the jars are cooled, test the lids to make sure they have no give when pressed in the center. If they do have give, either refrigerate or attempt canning again.
  • Store in a cool dry place until ready to use jam.


Serving: 1jar | Calories: 662kcal | Carbohydrates: 168g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 163g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 13.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.5mg