I have this habit lately of buying excessive amounts of cherries, and then shoving them to the back of the produce drawer and forgetting about them. It’s such a shame because cherry season is fleeting, and fresh cherries are unbeatably delicious.
So, when I discovered a bag of organic cherries that I was having a good game of hide-and-go-seek with for over a week (they were totally winning at hiding) it was time to take action. Armed with the cherry pitter I finally remembered to buy, I started to go to town.
I am going to be honest; it was a bit tedious to pit the cherries, and totally messy (it reminded me of this totally cute apron that I found on Pinterest, and made me want to get it… though I would probably be afraid of ruining the apron which might defeat the purpose…) So my point here is that if you wanted to go for frozen cherries, you totally should. This would completely work either way.
This jam will last 1 week in the refrigerator, or 6 months (or more) in the freezer. I like to put it into little, freezer safe mason jars so I can take out just enough that I will use, and then I also have a pretty sweet stash for a rainy day (or a week that I am on an almond butter and jelly kick)
I left it all slightly chunky and the seeds whole, but if you want a smoother jam throw the whole honking thing in the food processor or blender when you are done with it (be careful since it will be hot) and whirl it up until it is smooth.
Health highlight of chia seeds: Chia seeds are magical little things. Not only can they give a chia pet a glorious mane of green hair, but they are super healthy to eat too!! They are high in fiber, a very rich source of omega-3s (better than flax!), and a good source of calcium! Chia seeds are extremely high in antioxidants, in fact they have one of the highest known concentrations of antioxidants. Chia seeds are considered a superfood because of their excellent nutritional profile.
3 cups Cherries (pitted)
¼ cup Maple Syrup
¼ cup Chia Seeds
- In a medium pot add the cherries and maple syrup
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce the heat to low, put a lid on the pot, and set a timer for 15 minutes
- At the end of the 15 minutes use a potato masher to break up the cherries to your liking
- Add the chia seeds and stir well
- Place the jam into desired containers
- It will take about 15-20 minutes to firm up to the jam consistency
What is your favorite flavor of jam? Do you still get PB&J cravings from time to time?