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Maraschino Cherries

Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 pounds pitted cherries
  • 4 1/2 pounds sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 1 ounce almond extract
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 Tbsp pickling salt
  • 1 tsp alum
Instructions

Soak cherries overnight in heated brine (water, salt and alum). 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. Again boil juices, pour over cherries and let stand 24 hours. Bring to boil again. Add almond extract and cherries. Pack in hot sterilized jars and seal. Water Bath Time from The Ball Blue Book- pints 20 min, quarts 25 min.

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