Homemade Maraschino Cherries

"Blue Ribbon Preserves"
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Ready In:
5 1/2 pint


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


  • 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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  1. 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.
  2. So easy, so good- I actually like maraschino cherries now! Try them you'll be converted too;)
  3. This is a great recipe. I used it with recipe #62846 It was a hit with my 6yo DD's birthday. Thanks!
  4. This is very easy, and tastes much better than store-bought maraschino cherries. My family loves them on vanilla ice cream! Plan to make more than one recipe!


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