Kid-Friendly 3-Ingredient Cherry Jam Recipe!
March Break is right around the corner and if you are not heading to the beach and staying closer to home, you’re going to have to keep the kids busy and entertained.
The girls have always shown interest in cooking in the kitchen and, when we have time to get in there together, I take advantage of it.
The best part is that they are learning useful life skills and get a feeling of accomplishment while they do it. March Break is the perfect time to try new recipes and, odds are, when they are making their own snacks or meals, they are more likely to eat them.
I love seeing how happy and proud the girls are of their culinary creations. Once you let them loose in the kitchen, you’ll be amazed at how creative they can get.
One thing that I enjoy is canning and making homemade jams. While the results are delicious, it can be time-consuming and not as exciting as one would think. Well, at least not to kids who like to see progress and not just wait around until jars boil and set. How about making a jam with kids that they can enjoy in less than 20 minutes? Yes, you read that right! It is an easy recipe that sets quickly and can be enjoyed sooner than later.
How about making a jam with kids that they can enjoy in less than 20 minutes? Yes, you read that right! It is an easy recipe that sets quickly and can be enjoyed sooner than later.
Great Value, Good Times!
You can head to Walmart to pick up everything you’ll need but, guess what? You’ll only have to pick up 3 ingredients. Since a 600g bag of Great Value Frozen Fruit retails for less than $5, it’s inexpensive to make too. The other two ingredients are Great Value chia seeds and Great Value maple syrup!
We decided to make cherry jam because cherries are one of our favourite fruits. Not a fan of cherries? No worries. Great Value Frozen Fruit, exclusive to Walmart, also comes in blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or mixed berries.
Don’t forget to bring the kids along with you on your shopping trip. They love to be a part of the whole process and picking out the ingredients only builds up the excitement. It also prepares them for the future. I always tell them that, because when they’re grown they’ll know how to shop for ingredients to make recipes at home on their own.
Get in the Kitchen!
March brings about rainy days and maybe even snow days, it all depends on where you are. Some of our favourite activities to do on days like those are to get busy in the kitchen. The girls prepared the cherry mix by adding the thawed cherries to a food processor and pulsing them until they were broken up but, not pureed. They then added the cherries to a saucepan and let it simmer.
Gabby took the reins and simmered the berries and Mimi added the syrup and chia seeds and stirred until combined. We decided to add 1/4 cup of maple syrup to the cherry jam, because we like our jam on the sweet side. If you prefer less sweetness, use less syrup or none at all.
Once the girls placed the jam in a mason jar, it started to cool. We left it to cool overnight and we were ready to enjoy it the next day. You can start to enjoy it as soon as it cools down. Plus, it can be refrigerated for up to 10 days so; you can enjoy it anytime afterwards.
“Br-inner” is one of our favourite meals and we love preparing breakfast for dinner as often as we can. Making waffles and topping them with our delicious cherry jam was a no-brainer, right? We prepared our waffles and topped them with our cherry jam, a bit of powdered sugar and whipped cream. Totally optional, of course!
Kid-Friendly 3-Ingredient Cherry Jam Recipe
- 2 cups 500ml Great Value Frozen Dark Sweet Pitted Cherries thawed
- 2 tbsp 30ml whole chia seeds
- 1/4 cup of 59ml maple syrup or to taste
- In a food processor, pulse thawed cherries a few times until they’re broken up but not puréed.
- Transfer to a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
- Stir in chia seeds and maple syrup and transfer to a container for serving.
- Jam will set as it cools to room temperature.
- Cover, refrigerate and use within 10 days.
Jam With It, Baby!
Needless to say, the girls were amazed at how easy it was to make jam. It took minutes and they were proud that they did it themselves. The best part of cooking in the kitchen is enjoying the “fruits” of your labour afterwards and that they did! I even overheard Gabs and Mimi discussing that if making jam is so easy, they can literally make any kind. They already have plans to make mixed berry, strawberry and blueberry.
I think I have bonafide jam-making machines now and I’m not mad at that!
Make sure you head over to Walmart to check out the Great Value selection and plan out your next rainy day or March Break activity. You can even make your own homemade fruit roll treats with the frozen fruit and maple syrup.
Have you ever made your own jam before?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Walmart Great Value Frozen Fruit program. In exchange for this post, I have received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.