Maraschino Madness

So with my Pride appearance out of the way, it was on to far more important things … namely:

B&G’s Famous
Maraschino Cherries
Who Needs Balls When You’ve Got Cherries

Start this adventure with 2.5 lbs of cherries, which – sadly – you’ll need to hand-pit. This is not a fun job as it involves cherry juices spraying your kitchen and staining your fingers.

1) wash & drain cherries; 2) hand-pit them (oh joy); 3) the final pitted product

4) soak in alum and salt for 24hrs; 5) prepare a sugar mixture of 2cups water to 7 cup sugar!;
6) toss cherries in and let ’em boil for 2 mins

7) leave ’em to soak another 24hrs in the sugar syrup that you’ve teased up with almond extract and Amaretto (you can add red food colouring at this point to give ’em that horrible fake red colour but we make our au natural)

8) prepare the jars; 9) prepare the cherries by heating them one more time; 10) can them and give them the old canning boiling bath for 8 minutes

11) Cool another 24 hrs and voila! … Real Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Now your only decision is whether it’s Shirley Temples or G’s famous “Cupid’s Cosmicpolitan?


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12 Responses to Maraschino Madness

  1. jasonbasin says:

    call me naive, call me stupid, call me a freakin dumbass….but I never new those cocktail cherries were made from REAL cherries! Something about the neon-pinkish-red candy color always screamed “citric dioxinate, glutiosyruptitious, red No.13, blue No. 76, and sugar”. very cool how you made them! I’ll take the Cosmicpolitan.

  2. kunhuo42 says:

    wow, those look really good!  and i agree with the not adding food coloring part. 
    ryc on michael’s xanga: *rolls eyes*

  3. Anonymous says:

    it was supposed to be from the friends & family show, but instead the supplier gave me the Fresno show. not sure which night from Fresno though. the night she said, “Fres-no? It’s Fres-Yes.” and the secret as to where i get my bootlegs? ill email it to you : )

  4. Anonymous says:

    I reckon it’s G’s famous Cupid. Simply love those fresh cherries.

  5. bennykan says:

    Wow nice cherries! I like to eat fresh though.

  6. Fatcat723 says:

    They are good. I was going to try to make them but ended up eating them with a friend.
    RYC: I knew I was to be careful but I got sloppy. Fortuantely the Bank responded immediately. They will presecute if the person(s) is caught.

  7. Wangium says:

    I want one!

  8. enRoute says:

    ryc: and I thought my flag was big enough..hahaha…you’ve a 5’x8′? OMG!

  9. enRoute says:

    Oh wow! I didn’t know you can treat cherries like that at home! They look great tho, good job! =)

  10. Anonymous says:

    shirley temple please : )

  11. m3galomaniac says: many cherries…are you gonna sell em? or give em away? I think u made the right decision not colouring them..sugar+colour = uber unhealthy.

  12. YNOTswim says:

    What are you gonna do with the stuff in the jar?

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