Homemade Maraschino Cherries
pitted sweet cherries
Soak pitted cherries overnight in heated brine.(water, salt and alum).
Next morning, drain cherries, rinse in cold water. Combine cherries, water sugar, lemon juice, and red food coloring. Heat to boiling point. Let stand 24 hours.
Next morning, strain juice into a pan and again, boil juices, pour over cherries. Let stand 24 hours. Bring juice to boil again. Add almond extract and cherries. Pack in hot sterilized jars and seal.
Water bath time from Ball Blue Book - pints 20 min, quarts 25 min.