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Cherry Freezer Jam

Granny's Freezer Jam Recipe

The easiest jam you will ever make! 3 ingredients and no canning involved.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cups


  • 6 cups fruit Any kind of fruit will work - raspberry, strawberry, cherries, apricots, peaches, etc
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 large package Jello gelatine Match the flavor of the jello with the fruit


  • Break fruit pieces up if large (like apricots - cut into smaller pieces) and place in a large pot. Add the sugar.
  • Stir. Using medium heat, bring the mixture to a rolling boil with regular stirring.
  • Allow to boil with stirring for about five minutes, so the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add package of jello. With continual stirring, bring back to a rolling boil. Allow to boil for another couple of minutes. ¬†
  • Turn off the heat and allow to cool down with occasional stirring. You may need to skim the top, if there is a bubbly layer. This is excellent over ice cream :)
  • ¬†Ladle into plastic containers and place into the freezer. It will last, in the freezer, for at least a year.

Cherry Freezer Jam

  • Because cherries are so sweet, you need to adjust the above recipe to compensate for the heavy sugar content. The process is the same, but the proportions are a bit different.
  • First, take the cherries, pit them, then chop them up into smaller pieces.
  • You can run them through a food processor if you wish, having "chunks" is preferable for some.
  • Keep the amount of fruit to 6 cups, but reduce the amount of sugar to 3 cups. Use black cherry Jello.


If you are using a fruit with high pectin (like strawberries) you will want to reduce the amount of Jello. For Strawberry, we use about 3/4 of a large package. If you use too much, your jam will come out very thick and gummy. Some fruits can not be made into jam. Any that do not set up in jello, like Kiwi, and pineapple will not make jam. Here is what we use for Jello types:
  • Apricot Fruit -- Peach Jello
  • Raspberry Fruit - Raspberry Jello
  • Huckleberries -- Grape Jello
  • Strawberry Fruit -- Strawberry Jello
You can certainly reduce the amount of sugar to create a low sugar jam. This recipe is pretty fool-proof and hard to ruin. You can play around with it and reduce the amount of sugar to get a proportion you like.
Diabetic Changes If you are diabetic and can't use sugar, you can substitute a sweetener, like Splenda (TM) and use sugar-free Jello. We've found it is better to reduce the amount of sweetener by half. So, use 3 cups of Splenda instead of 6.