He is a quick recipes for Homemade Maraschino Cherries that is perfect for this upcoming season.
- 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)