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Maraschino Cherries

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 7 days 25 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 quarts cherries
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1 cup (200 grams) fresh cherries

2 cups (360 grams) sugar 

Pinch salt 

1 1/2 cups (360 milliliters) maraschino liqueur or kirsch 

1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) almond extract 

Juice from 1 lemon 


Special equipment:
two 1-quart sterlized jars
  1. Wash the cherries and remove the pits, leaving the cherries whole. Place them in a 1-quart sterilized jar.
  2. Add the sugar, salt and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves completely, about 8 minutes. Turn off the heat. Stir in the maraschino liqueur, almond extract and lemon juice.
  3. Pour the syrup over the cherries and stir to coat. Cover the jar with a lid and let cool completely before refrigerating. Keep refrigerated, gently shaking daily to redistribute fruit and syrup, 1 week before using.