Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top?!!

While both our girls were here canning with me, on this day, it is strange that there are no pictures of them… I’m guessing they had their PJs on already!

I am so glad I passed on the knowledge of canning, to my girls and that they proudly do it! Woo Hoo for being publicly acknowledged for it Krystal!

Seems like just yesterday the cherries trees were in bloom.

Cherry trees in bloom

I wouldn’t be a bit afraid and it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry-tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think? ~Anne of Green Gables

But that was back in April. After 2 solid weeks of temps in the 70s and 80s in March, blooms came much sooner than the last frost. With every frost, more blooms were lost, meaning fewer cherries survived. You may not know it but Michigan produces 75% of the nations tart cherries, those used in pies, cherry juice for their anti-inflammatory benefits, cough syrups and many other food products. We also produce 20% of the sweet cherries and rank #3 in apple production in the nation. You can thank me when that helps you with a Jeopardy question, LOL.

This early bloom caused production to be way down. Prices are up, but what is summer, in Michigan, without at least a few cherries coming through the front door??

It may be Chery Festival in Traverse City, but this is cherry week for us!

First up: Maraschino Cherries

Canning labels

Pitting them doesn’t have to be the pits.

You gotta have this pitter. It is the best cherry pitter ever and I’m not the only one to think so. Yes, it still leaves an occasional pit, be careful and yes, when the cherries are this juicy you still need to wear an apron, but it is so much more effective than any other pitter I’ve ever tried. And being from cherry country, we’ve tried most of them.

Best way to pit cherries

Cooking them.

How do you make maraschino cherries

Canning them.

And to think you can have such a dark, rich, cherry color without any artificial coloring!

Have you seen these Ball brand dissolvable labels? They disappear after running them through the dishwasher. No more label stickers stuck on last years’ jars! Thanks Krystal, I had not seen these, yet!

We used Eve’s recipe, for these cherries, from her The Garden of Eating blog. Though we used a scale and measuring cup, neither measured quite right for us! We needed to use a lot more cherries to fill our jars. We ended up using twice as many cherries as we had planned on. Just cook up as many cherries as you can afford and make up enough liquid to cover them and you should be good! It is a very flexible recipe. We ended up with an extra pint of cherry juice which we canned, also. Perfect for making a cherry limeade or a cherry coke. Not to mention a Mai Tai! And don’t even think about not using the almond extract. It is a must! Who knew but that is what gives maraschino cherries the taste we know and love?!!

Add a couple tsp of cherry syrup in a lemon lime soda, and a squeeze of lime, for a refreshing cherry limeade sans the red food dye.



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6 Responses to Pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top?!!

  1. Cindy @ In A Stitch says:

    Yum, yum. I’m from WI and I know just what you are talking about. WI raises cherries as well. We were hit by the frost too. Very sad.


    • sewfrench says:

      A couple of years ago we took the high speed ferry across Lake Michigan then did a driving trip through Door County, staying on Washington Island, and then on to Spring Green visiting the Taliesan area a couple of years ago. It really reminded us of Michigan. Such a pretty place! Sorry you all had to suffer through the crappy spring weather, too…


  2. CitricSugar says:

    Looks delicious. Cherries are my absolute favourite but we only ever get them sent in (usually from BC as not many grow here) so I look forward to cherry season with a passion. Someday, I’ll have to check out Cherry Country… I feel an overwhelming urge to make jam right now.


  3. sewfrench says:

    Reblogged this on Sewfrench and commented:

    While both our girls were here canning with me, on this day, it’s strange that there are no pictures of them… I’m guessing they had their PJs on already.

    I am so glad I passed on the knowledge of canning and they proudly do it! Woo Hoo for being publicly acknowledged for it Krystal!


  4. Now you can have a year round taste of summer. Yummeeeee! Avis x


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