When I got a new ad for Rancho Market this week, I started giggling with excitement because they had cherries on sale for $1.29/lb!!! This is an amazing price for cherries! As I mentioned before the produce quality at Rancho Market is not that great, so I usually just price-match. So I asked Hubby to stop by and get me
Yep, that's whole 16 lbs here! The reason why we bought so many is our love for some canned cherries. I try to can them every year but it's getting harder and harder to find a good price. That's why I was so excited.
We've been using this recipe for years in my family. So you will need:
12 lbs cherries
21 1/2 cup water
5-6 cups sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
Quart size cans
Canning lids and rings
Water bath canner
A small pot for preparing lids
Prepare your cans and lids (if you are new to canning, check out this article ). Remove all the stems and leaves from your berries, wash and rinse them well. Be sure to use strong cherries with no blemishes.
I usually can them with their pits inside but you can definitely pit them all. Make a basic syrup by combining water, sugar and lemon juice in a bog pot and bringing it to boil. Let it boil for a minute then turn heat down to low. Place cherries in a jar. Tap the bottom or shake the jar a little to settle the berries better. Cover cherries in jar with syrup leaving 1/2 inch head space. Remove air bubbles and clean rim of jar with a clean washcloth. Using a lid lifter or tongs, place warm lid on top of jar and use ring to hold in place, tightening just until tight. Process your cans in a water bath canner for 25 minutes. Increase the time 5-10 minutes for higher altitude.