*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                            MARASCHINO CHERRIES
 Recipe By     : The Cook’s Book of Uncommon Recipes
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Misc
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    5      pounds        Royal Anne cherries (Royal Annes are best,
                         but you can also use other firm, light
    1      tablespoon    alum (pharmacies carry this if you can't
                         find it at your supermarket)
    4      tablespoons   salt (use kosher or pickling salt, not
                         table salt)
    7      cups          sugar
    1      ounce         red food coloring
    1      teaspoon      almond extract
 Wash and remove the seeds from the cherries. (A cherry pitter is a handy
 tool to use for this.) You should have about 10 cups of pitted cherries when
 you finish.
 Dissolve the alum and the salt in 2 quarts of cold water. Add the cherries
 and allow to stand for 6 hours. (If the cherries tend to float, weight them
 down with a bowl.) Drain the cherries and rinse them with cold water.
 In a separate large pan, combine the sugar and 2 cups of cold water. Bring
 to a boil and cook while you stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the
 cherries, bring back to a boil and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
 Add the red food coloring and almond extract and allow to stand in a cool
 place for 24 hours, stirring from time to time.
 The next day, bring to cherries back to a boil and cook for an additional 2
 minutes. Pour the boiling hot fruit into the prepared half-pint jars and
 process them for 5 minutes.
 Store in a cool place.
 YIELD: about 8 half pints
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 NOTES : Truly, these are not hard to make...and they look beautiful. You'll
 find them to be a little larger and juicier than the ones you buy in those
 little bottles at the store. These make a nice gift.
 Making Maraschino Cherries is a two day job, however, so be sure you allow
 the time you will need.