It's cherry season! We drove up to the mountain where the cherry orchards are and bought 2 bags of fresh cherries. I thought it would be cheaper but it was the same price as the grocery store.
I remember having bottled cherries at my grandmas house when I was little and they were the best tasting cherries ever! We made about 5 jars from 2 bags and for sake of time we didn't pit them. Because of that they were so easy to can and the kids had a blast!
- 2 bags of cherries
- 5-6 quart mason jars
- 5 cups sugar
- 4 cups water
Sterilize your mason jars (in dishwasher, oven or I just rinse mine in hot water). Rinse and remove stems from cherries. Pack cherries in jars just below neck.
In a saucepan heat up water and add sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes). Pour syrup into jars up to bottom of neck. Screw lids on.
Bring pot of water to a boil. Place jars in pot and boil for 25 minutes. Place on a towel to cool. You will hear lids make a popping sound so you know that they are sealed. Test your lids before storing jars away. If you press down on center of lid and it makes a clicking sound, it has not sealed. If jars do not seal after 24 hours, re-boil or place them in fridge and enjoy!