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Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Why deal with the artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Make your own homemade Maraschino Cherries that taste great.

Why deal with the artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Make your own homemade Maraschino Cherries that taste great.

Get the instructions on how to make your own homemade Maraschino Cherries. No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.Homemade Maraschino Cherries

I think I may be a 5 year old at heart still. I have a love affair with maraschino cherries. I want five of them in my cherry limeade at Sonic and I would add them on more of my desserts, but some people have a serious aversion to them. So, I decided to make my own homemade maraschino cherries just to see if I could. They are a great treat when you want to avoid the artificial colors and flavors in jarred cherries.  These little cherries are flavored with orange peels and pomegranate juice. It adds all kids of great color without anything fake.

Homemade Maraschino Cherries are easy to make and taste great!

Homemade Maraschino Cherries
Author: Karyn Granrud
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Homemade Maraschino Cherries are easier than you think! Add them to your tarts, cakes, pies, cupcakes, and ice cream.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 fluid ounces lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large orange peel, just the peel
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients, except the cherries, into a 2 quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat until a you reach a low simmer. Stir a few times until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Add the cherries and continue to simmer for ten minutes. Give the sauce a taste-test to see if it has taken on a cherry flavor.
  3. Pour out cherries and juice into a large bowl and cool to room temperature. To speed up the process, place the bowl in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Transfer into one quart jars or an air-tight container and refrigerate for at least three days to a week before eating.
Notes
A [url href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00421ATMC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00421ATMC&linkCode=as2&tag=pinsizbak-20″ target=”_blank”]Cherry Pitter[/url] will speed things along. I prefered removing the pits from the sides instead of from the bottom.[br][br]Recipe from [url href=”http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/07/homemade-maraschino-cherries-this-time.html” target=”_blank”]Cupcake Project[/url]

Homemade Maraschino Cherries are easy to make and taste great!

So, this tart seriously took me a few days to create! The cherries take a few days to sit, but I let mine sit for twenty days in the fridge! I was so thrilled that the cherries lasted so long. I seriously thought that they were going to be a total loss, but I guess the heat and the seal were such that they lasted very well in the fridge. I don’t know how long these will last, but I used mine a month after canning them.

Get the instructions on how to make your own homemade Maraschino Cherries. No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

While I was researching homemade Maraschino Cherries on the internet, I found a lot of variations. Mainly dealing with alcohol content and flavoring of the cherries. I’ve always liked Stephanie’s Blog and since she has an alcohol free version I decided to give that a try.

I liked the flavor of the orange peel and pomegranate juice.  Not quite a “cherry flavor” but a nice flavor all the same. I didn’t have the star anise that her recipe called for, so I just omitted it because I didn’t have time to run to the store.

While I was removing the pits, I removed some of the stems and left some on just to get the full maraschino effect. Do yourself and get a cherry pitter to remove all the pits. I’ve tried using straws and piping tips, but you really can’t beat the correct tool to get the job done.

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Brittany

Monday 15th of June 2015

These look great! My husband loves maraschino cherries, but I could go without. This recipe looks like something we both could enjoy. Could you use tart cherries in this recipe or does it require sweet cherries?

Karyn Granrud

Monday 15th of June 2015

Honestly, I'm not sure. I prefer sweet cherries, so that's what I used. I'd say, give it a try and let me know.

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Tuesday 17th of February 2015

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Sarah Palmer

Friday 13th of February 2015

These look amazing! When I was a little girl I used to sneak Maraschino Cherries after everyone went to bed. :) Thanks for linking to Tips & Tricks. I can't wait to see what you link up next week. I pinned this to our Tips & Tricks recipe board on Pinterest.

Jenni S.

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

I love the idea of making maraschino cherries at home! I love that you used an alcohol-free version, because I love maraschino cherries but we don't keep alcohol in the house.

I love the idea!

Karyn Granrud

Thursday 12th of February 2015

Thanks! I'm glad that you find this recipe helpful. I wanted my daughter to be able to enjoy the cherries as well, so I thought it was a good option!

Denise Wright

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

Oh my these look so good! I have never even though of making your own....I will have to make these for my son (and myself of course). We both love cherries (found you on Create Link Inspire)

Karyn Granrud

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

It's a labor of love, but so worth it in the end. However, as I stated, they don't taste like traditional Maraschino Cherries and to me, that was good thing!