Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Recipe by Dienia B.
READY IN: 26hrs
YIELD: 5 1/2 pint
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 3
    lbs firm tart red cherries
  • 8
  • 2
    tablespoons ascorbic acid, crystals
  • 1 12
    cups water
  • 3
    cups sugar
  • 2
    tablespoons red food coloring
  • 1
    tablespoon almond extract
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DIRECTIONS

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