Bing Cherry Jam, enhanced with the addition of amaretto, is a delicious fruit spread for toast or biscuits! The recipe includes canning instructions, for long term storage.Bing Cherry Jam, enhanced with the addition of amaretto, is a delicious fruit spread for toast or biscuits! Recipe includes canning instructions.

Each year I enjoy making many varieties of jam to store in our pantry, and to give away to family and friends. I’ve been canning jam for many years now. 

Last summer I made Bing Cherry Jam for the first time, and was surprised at how delicious and flavorful it was on toast and English muffins!

Today I want to share the recipe for making Bing cherry jam, and I really think you will love this delicious jam!  

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The History Of The “Bing Cherry”

The “Bing” Cherry is a firm dark cherry, which is very common in the Pacific Northwest, where we live. Cherries are commonly acknowledged to have high antioxidant levels, as well.

Bing cherries are believed to have first been cultivated in Oregon in 1875 by a horticulturist named Seth Lewelling. He was helped by his orchard foreman, a Chinese immigrant by the name of Ah Bing, and that is apparently how they got their name. 

Time To Can The Jam!

I searched for a good “canning” recipe for this fruit after being given a large amount of these cherries by a friend, who has a huge cherry tree at her home.

The recipe I used for this jam is from one of my Ball Blue Books (Guide To Preserving). Bing cherry jam is canned for long term storage by using a water bath canner.

The idea of making Bing cherry jam intrigued me, and it was fun being able to use my Homemade Amaretto in it, as one of the ingredients.

Jars of bing cherry jam being processed in water bath canner

Pairing the flavors of ripe Bing cherries with cinnamon, cloves, and almond liqueur make this quite a wonderfully tasty jam!

How Much Bing Cherry Jam Will This Recipe Yield?

This recipe for bing cherry jam makes about 6 half-pint jars.  That means there’s enough jam to save several jars in your pantry.

There are also a few extra jars in case you want to bless others with them! I love to save a few jars to store, and give others to my family and friends.

Finished jars of bing cherry jam on dish towel.

Here is a picture of this delicious bing cherry jam, spread on a toasted English muffin. Trust me, this jam is really GOOD!

Bing Cherry Jam spread on an English muffin.

If you enjoy making homemade jam, I recommend this recipe, because it really has GREAT flavor! I hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious jam.

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Recipe Source:  “Ball Blue Book Guide To Preserving”, published 2014 by Hearthmark LLC dba Jarden Home Brands, page 49.


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Bing Cherry Jam
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Bing Cherry Jam, enhanced with the addition of amaretto, is a delicious fruit spread for toast or biscuits!

Category: Breakfast, Jam
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry jam
Servings: 6 half-pint jars or 3 pint jars
Calories Per Serving: 47 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 1 quart (about 2 pounds) Bing cherries, pitted and stemmed
  • 6 Tablespoons Ball Classic Pectin (powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup almond liqueur (I used Amaretto)
  • 4 ½ cups granulated sugar
  1. While preparing the jam, also make sure you prepare water canner and hot canning jars/lids, per manufacturer instructions and USDA canning guidelines.
To Make Jam:
  1. Wash, drain, pit and de-stem cherries. Chop cherries into small pieces (make sure chopped cherries measure out to one quart, which is the equivalent of 4 cups).
  2. In a large saucepan, mix together the chopped cherries, pectin, cinnamon cloves, lemon juice and almond liqueur until well combined. Cook slowly on medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Add the sugar all at once, stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Bring this mixture to a FULL ROLLING BOIL (this means the boiling doesn't stop, even if you keep stirring it!). Let the jam boil fully for ONE MINUTE, continuing to stir the entire time. Remove the pan from the heat. If any foam has accumulated on top, skim it off with a spoon and discard.
To Fill Hot Canning Jars:
  1. Ladle hot jam into hot jars. Leave ¼ inch headspace in each jar. Remove any air bubbles from filled jar, by inserting plastic utensil into jar between jam and jar to release air that is trapped. Wipe the jar rim very good to ensure no sticky residue is present. Place lid and screw band onto jar. Tighten to fingertip tight only. Using canning tongs, carefully place each jar onto an elevated rack in simmering water (180 degrees) in water bath canner. Repeat the process until all your jars are filled and in canner.
To Process The Jam:
  1. Lower the filled rack into the simmering water. Make sure that the jars are completely covered with water (water must be an inch over the top of jar). Turn the heat to medium-high. Put a lid on the canner, and bring the water inside to a full, rolling boil. Once the water reaches a rolling boil, process the half-pint jars for 10 minutes. When 10 minutes is up, turn the heat off and take the lid off the pan. Let the jars sit in the hot water for 5 minutes, then carefully remove jars to a dish towel on the counter (Do not place hot jars directly on counter-they might crack, due to temperature variations). Let jars cool, upright, for 12 hours, without moving. Once cool, check to ensure a proper seal has been achieved, then label jars and store in pantry.
Nutrition Facts
Bing Cherry Jam
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 47
% Daily Value*
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.9mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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1 Comment on Bing Cherry Jam

  1. 3 stars
    I followed quantities of ingredients and only filled 2 pint jars with a bit left.
    I haven’t tasted it yet as I just took them out of the water bath

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