Morello Cherry Preserves

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“This is our favorite way of having cherries on hand that can be turned into a bunch of great recipes with minimal effort... sauce, vinaigrette, dessert topping, pastry filling, or a wonderfully simple but amazing glaze. Keep it on hand yourself and find out how many uses you can find for it!”
25 oz

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 (12 ounce) jarmorello cherries, drained and juice reserved (available at Trader Joe's)
  • 12 cup cherry juice (from the jar)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, zest of
  • 1 tablespoon kirschwasser (cherry brandy or plum liqueur can be substituted)
  • 0.5 (1 3/4 ounce) package dry pectin
  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Combine cherries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest in a non-reactive bowl and let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, combine cherry juice and pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil for 1 minute.
  3. Add cherries/sugar/lemon mixture, kirschwasser, and salt to juice/pectin mix. Bring back to boil for 3 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Store in air-tight jar. (You can process this by canning it for extended storage.).

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