Maraschino Cherries

Maraschino Cherries

He is a quick recipes for Homemade Maraschino Cherries that is perfect for this upcoming season.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 d 1 hr
Total Time 1 d 1 hr 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 30


  • 4 1/2 lb Red Cherries, pitted
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 T. almond extract
  • 2 T. red coloring


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 T. Kosher or pickling Salt


  • Soak pitted cherries overnight in heated brine. The next morning, drain cherries. Rinse in cold water.
  • Combine cherries, water, sugar, lemon juice, and red coloring. Heat to boiling point. Let stand 24 hours.
  • Remove cherries and again boil juices, pour over cherries and let stand 24 hours.
  • Remove cherries one last time, bring juices to a boil.  Add almond extract and cherries. 
  • Using a slotted spoon pack cherries into hot sterilized jars leaving 1" headspace. Add the liquid, remove air bubbles and then fill to 1/2" headspace. Clean rims and put on lids and rings.
  • Process in water bath at a full boil in pints for 20 minutes.
  • Yield 2-3 pints (depending on how you pack the cherries)
Keyword Maraschino Cherries