Easy Sour Cherries in Light Syrup with 3 Ingredients

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This sour cherries sauce is tart, perfectly textured, and jam-packed with tons of cherry flavor. You’ll love having this sauce around for pies, morning breakfasts, and for topping your favorite desserts! 

All great jams, jellies, and sauces start with fruit. It should always be the first ingredient. You know, unlike store-bought jams that usually list sugar as their first ingredient. This sour cherry sauce starts with 9 pounds of beautiful, red, sour cherries. 

What are sour cherries?

Sour cherries are, well, sour. They can be slightly sweet but always have a distinct tart flavor. While regular cherries are enjoyed raw, these are best eaten after being cooked down. They make the perfect filling for a delicious, homemade cherry pie. 

Where to find sour cherries?

Be on the lookout for these sour cherries, because they aren’t always readily available at your local grocery store. Your best bet might be to look for a farm that allows you to pick your own sour cherries.

How is this sour cherries jam/sauce different from most other jams? 

You’ll notice that many of the jams I make combine sugar and fruit. Those two ingredients are cooked on low flame for an hour or so until they are well combined. With this particular jam, I like to make a light syrup first from water and sugar. This syrup is then poured on top of the cherries for another boil. The cherries will still hold their shape instead of turning into a mush of broken fruit. 

Whether you’re planning on making some holiday pies, assembling cherry sundaes, or eating straight from the jar, this sour cherries sauce is a must-have at home. 

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 9 lb sour cherries, washed and pitted
  • 8 lb sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Jars, washed in hot water and ready to use

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How to make Sour Cherries in Light Syrup:

  • In a big pan heat up 4 cups of water and 8 pounds of sugar. Stir occasionally until mixture becomes clear.

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  • Put washed and pitted sour cherries in a big pot or dish (heat safe). Pour the clear syrup over the cherries and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and let the cherries completely cool down.

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  • Heat up cherries, bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Let them cool down once again.

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  • Bring to a boil one more time. This time don’t need to cool down just put them in the jars.

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Equipment I Used

Sour Cherries in Light Syrup

Sour Cherries in Light Syrup

If your cherry harvest was abundant this year, preserve your cherries by making them with a light syrup.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Russian
Servings 20
Calories 855 kcal

Equipment

  • glass jars
  • pot
  • Ladle
  • deep skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 9 lb sour cherries washed and pitted
  • 8 lb sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Jars washed in hot water and ready to use

Instructions
 

  • In a big pan heat up 4 cups of water and 8 pounds of sugar. Stir occasionally until mixture becomes clear.
    Sour Cherries in Light Syrup
  • Put washed and pitted sour cherries in a big pot or dish (heat safe). Pour the clear syrup over the cherries and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • Turn off the heat and let the cherries completely cool down.
    Sour Cherries in Light Syrup
  • Heat up cherries, bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Let them cool down once again.
    Sour Cherries in Light Syrup
  • Bring to a boil one more time. This time don’t need to cool down just put them in the jars.
    Sour Cherries in Light Syrup

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sour Cherries in Light Syrup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 855 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 221g74%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 181g201%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1482IU30%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword cherries, cherry, dessert, sour cherries, syrup
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