Preserving Uncooked Cherries



  • 2 lbs sweet cherries, pitted and halved
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar
  • 1 quart sized mason jar

This simple recipe will allow you to enjoy your favorite sweet cherries even after cherry season comes to and end.

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  1. Pit and stem all the cherries.
  2. Stuff as many cherries as you can into a warm, quart sized mason jar, leaving about an half-inch of room at the top of the jar (cherries/water will expand once frozen.)
  3. Bring the water and sugar to a boil and stir continuously until sugar dissolves.
  4. Gently pour the hot water-sugar mix over the cherries, also leaving a half-inch of room at the top.
  5. Seal tightly and store in the fridge. Use within one month.


  1. If you freeze the preserves, they will last about a year.
  2. After they sit for long periods of time, they will be very sweet.
  3. Since sweet cherries are already sweet, use caution when adding sugar.
  4. These will last for about a month.

Nutritional Information

Per Serving

  • Calories: 200g
  • Protein Content: 1g
  • Carbohydrate Content: 52g
  • Fiber Content: 1g
  • Sodium Content: 5mg
  • Sugar Content: 50g