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    Homemade Maraschino Cherries

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    26 hrs

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    1/2 pint

    Units: US | Metric

    • 3 lbs firm tart red cherries
    • 8 cups cold water
    • 2 tablespoons ascorbic acid, crystals
    • 1 1/2 cups water
    • 3 cups sugar
    • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
    • 1 tablespoon almond extract


    1. 1
      Remove pits from cherries.
    2. 2
      Combine 8 cups water and ascorbic acid.
    3. 3
      Stir until crystals are dissolved.
    4. 4
      Add cherries to the solution.
    5. 5
      Don't allow the fruit to remain more than 20 minutes.
    6. 6
      Rinse fruit; drain well.
    7. 7
      Combine 1 1/2 cup water and sugar.
    8. 8
      Bring to a boil.
    9. 9
      Stir in food coloring and add the cherries.
    10. 10
      Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes.
    11. 11
      Cool completely, allowing cherries to soak 24 hours.
    12. 12
      Next day, bring to a boil and then stir in almond extract.
    13. 13
      Pack hot cherries into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space.
    14. 14
      Shake jars to get firm pack.
    15. 15
      Bring syrup to a boil and ladle hot syrup into jars.
    16. 16
      Process in water bath for 15 minutes for 1/2 pint jars.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 03, 2010


      Made these up with Bing cherries. Instead of the ascorbic acid I soaked the cherries in equal parts bottled lemon juice and water (works the same to preserve color etc). I only had 1 tbsp of food coloring but that was quite enough! The jars look nearly black until you get close. The jars are beautiful and I may try entering these in the fair this year. The flavor isn't much like store bought marachinos (which I LOVE, I could eat them by the jar) And they aren't as "crisp" either. Next time I'll try a little alum. But all and all I think these will work great in baked goods etc. I also had a lot of juice left over in the pot so I canned a couple 1/2 pints of just juice to use in smoothies and other random things lol.

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    • on July 09, 2009


      So easy, so good- I actually like maraschino cherries now! Try them you'll be converted too;)

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    • on May 24, 2007


      This is a great recipe. I used it with Spiced Pineapple Upside Down Cake It was a hit with my 6yo DD's birthday. Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Homemade Maraschino Cherries

    Serving Size: 1 (4229 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 608.0
    Calories from Fat 7
    Total Fat 0.8 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 17.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 153.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 143.3 g
    Protein 2.7 g

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