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Fresh Cherry Preserves

Yield Makes 2 cups
Take advantage of summer's cherry supply with this simple cherry preserves recipe.


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh cherries, rinsed, pitted, and halved or very coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Nutrition Information

  • calories 153
  • caloriesfromfat 4 %
  • protein 0.9 g
  • fat 0.7 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 38 g
  • fiber 1.2 g
  • sodium 0.6 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a 3- to 4-quart pan, combine cherries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and cherries are juicy, about 10 minutes. Adjust heat to maintain a low simmer and stir occasionally until mixture has thickened, about 40 minutes.

  2. Stir in almond extract and pour preserves into a bowl. Chill, uncovered, until cold, about 4 hours. Cover and chill for up to 3 weeks.

  3. Nutritional analysis per 1/4 cup.