Canning Cherries for Year-Round Enjoyment

Discover the joy of preserving the natural sweetness of cherries with these easy canning recipes. Enjoy the taste of summer all year long!

Canning cherries is a great way to make sure your cherries last until cherry season next year. We’re right in the middle of cherry season, and it’s time to start putting our stash away for the winter.

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To make a simple syrup, all you need is sugar and water. For sweet cherries like Bing or Benton cherries, you only need a light syrup. You may want to use a medium syrup for less sweet cherries like the Rainier cherries.


Learn how to can cherries at home with these simple and delicious recipes. Stock up on this versatile fruit and add a burst of flavor to your favorite dishes!


Canning Cherries Raw Pack


To can cherries in a raw pack, all you need to do is wash the cherries and pit the cherries with a cherry pitter like the Norpro Deluxe Cherry Pitter. Seriously, if you don’t have a cherry pitter, you need to get one!


They are not expensive and save so much time while preparing cherries for canning. (You don’t HAVE to pit the cherries, however. Some people prefer to can them with the pits still inside. It’s up to you).


After you pit the cherries place them in clean, sterilized quart sized canning jars. Pack them in tightly.


Preserving Cherries in Sugar Syrup


Next pour the hot syrup over the cherries, leaving 1 inch head space. Here are the syrup recipes:


Light Syrup

2 c. sugar
4 c. water

Yields: 5 c. syrup


Medium Syrup

3 c. sugar
4 c. water

Yields: 5 1/2 c. syrup


Prepare the syrup before you prepare the cherries so the syrup will be hot and ready to pour after you have packed the cherries in the jars. To prepare the syrup, just place sugar and water together in a sauce pan and boil for 5 minutes, until the sugar has completely dissolved.


After you have filled the jars with the cherries and syrup, wipe the rims of the jars off with a damp towel and place hot sterilized lids and rings on jars.


Process the jars in a boiling water canner for 25 minutes. Remove the jars from the boiling water canner and let them set on a towel on the kitchen counter until the jars are cool and all lids have sealed. These jars can be stored in your pantry for a year or more.


Like this recipe? Try this recipe for canning maraschino cherries.


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