How To Tuesday – Make Homemade Maraschino Cherries


I know today’s blog post is a bit late, I wanted to make these a few days ago but just didn’t get the chance. If you’ve never canned before don’t be afraid. You can still make this recipe, pop the cherries into a jar and keep them in your fridge and use them within 2-3 weeks.

Homemade Maraschino Cherries (adapted from the book Raising the Bar)
-3/4 cup of water
-3/4 cup of black cherry juice (if you can’t find cherry juice you can use concord grape)
-3/4 cup of granulated sugar
-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon of pure almond extract
-2-3 cups of sweet cherries pitted (I use this Cherry Pitter as it was under $4 and worked great)
In a saucepan combine water, cherry juice, and sugar. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the mixture until the sugar has dissolved (about 2 minutes).

Add the cherries, lemon juice, and almond extract. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes or until the cherries have exuded some of their juice and the syrup has taken on a distinctly cherry flavor. Be careful not to overcook. The point is not to actually cook the cherries, but to heat them in the syrup just long enough to bring out their essence.

Remove from pan and transfer into sanitized canning jars (or allow to cool and transfer to a tight fitted lid and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.

If you’d like to can them, I used 4oz sized jars so they can be given as gifts and my cherries filled 6 of them. This website has great info on canning cherries. I processed my jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes.

If you’d prefer to make boozy maraschino cherries you can find a recipe for that here :)

I’ll show you how we end up using some of our cherries later this week!

Making Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Making Homemade Maraschino Cherries

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6 Responses to How To Tuesday – Make Homemade Maraschino Cherries

  1. P says:

    I feel like I’m the only person in the world who doesn’t like maraschino cherries… but homemade cherries. They might be worth a try.

  2. Eva Montejano (changisan) says:

    You murderer haha

  3. Cate says:

    Just this weekend I was chatting with a friend about how gross the ingredient list is for store-bought Maraschino cherries and wondering if they would be tricky to make at home. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Mel McCarthy says:

    This is such a great idea,Heidi. I bet they taste a thousand times better than store bought Maraschino cherries!

  5. Savanah says:

    What a great reason to have a sundae party!! :)

  6. Kristine says:

    amazing! i have 12 lbs of cherries that im looking to do different things with. this will work PERFECT!!!!! thanks! BTW… i have a cherry pitter that does 4 at a time and i was not looking forward to messing with a billion cherries with that thing! i can imagine that i would have down right cried if i had to do it with a single pitter!!!! so i looked around and i bought this :

    this thing is amazing!!! its quick to use and i did about 6lbs of cherries in less than ten mins! one of my family members saw me raving about it on facebook and didnt really understand how it worked so i posted a really crappy video using it.