Canning cherries gives you convenient jars of cherries to have on hand
for cherry pie,
pouring over ice cream or in a cherry cobbler.
Cherries are an acid food and can be safely water
directions are for either sweet cherries like bing cherries (this is
what you see in the pictures) OR sour cherries that you use for pies.
Canning plain cherries in a light syrup makes
easy to create desserts of your choice later. I like
few jars of pie
filling and I canned some cherry
jam this year too.
My husband is a big fan of frozen
cherries so I also froze 5 - 1 gallon bags of those as well.
He says they are just like popsicles. I say they
are much better for you too.
your canning supplies
- Cherries -as many as you can stand to
pit! (we had a LOT of cherries!)
- sugar - for the syrup (optional)
Syrup for Packing
Prepare light or medium syrup. I prefer light syrup. Simply
heat water and sugar in a sauce pan until sugar dissolves.
- Light – 2 cups sugar to 1-quart water
- Medium -3 cups sugar to 1-quart water
You can also make a syrup with honey
if you don't want to use processed sugar.
- light - 1 1/2
cups honey to 4 cups water
- medium - 2
cups honey to 4 cups water
Wash and pit cherries.
Pitting is the most challenging part.
But if you just sit down and DO IT, you can make some
delicious dishes. Have a friend come over and visit while
My husband likes cherries enough that he gets my boys going and they
all have a sit down and pit cherries party.
They make a mess but the cherries are pitted when they are done.
I love it. I certainly don't want to pit all those
cherries if I don't have to.
canning cherries with the pits is perfectly acceptable. It
just makes them quicker and easier to use if you go ahead and pit them
now. If you want to can them with the pits just prick
cherry with a sterilized needle to prevent it from bursting.
Make syrup of your choice to pour over cherries. If you are
doing sour cherries you may want a medium or heavy syrup.
prefer extra light syrup. You could use just water if you don't want to
add any sweetness.
- extra light - 1 cup sugar to 4
1/2 cups water
- light - 2 cups sugar to 5 cups water
- medium - 3 cups sugar to 5 1/2 cups
- heavy - 4 3/4 cups sugar to 6 1/2 cups water
Place cherries in jar. I have found it works to add 1/2 cup
or so of syrup to the jar, then fill half way with cherries.
Tap the bottom of the jar on a pot holder laid on the counter to settle
contents. Fill the rest of the way tapping to settle without
Cover cherries in jar with syrup leaving 1/2 inch head space.
Remove air bubbles and clean rim of jar.
Wipe the rims
clean, remove any air bubbles and place your lids.
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pints or quarts for 25 minutes.
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