CanningCanning Cherries in Apple Juice Recipe

Canning Cherries in Apple Juice Recipe


On average, as a very rough guideline, expect to need about 1  kg (2.5 lbs) of cherries per 1 litre (US quart) jar of canned cherries

  • 8  (17.5 lbs) of cherries = 7 litres (US quarts) canned cherries
  • 5  kg (11 lbs ) of cherriess = 9 x ½ litres (US pints) canned cherries

Quality: Select bright, uniformly colored cherries that are mature (of ideal quality for eating fresh or cooking).

Canning Cherries in Apple Juice Recipe


  1. Prepare a very large pot or bowl of water that has been acidulated (by adding lemon juice or ascorbic acid.)
  2. Wash the cherries, stem them, and pit them.
  3. Place pitted cherries in that acidulated water to prevent the exposed flesh from browning.
  4. Continue until all your cherries are prepped.
  5. Remove cherries from water, drain well.
  6. Measure them as you put them into a pot.
  7. For each 750 g (1 litre / 1 quart / 4 cups volume / 1 ½ lbs) of fruit you put into the pot, you will add 125 ml (½ cup / 4 oz) of water.
  8. Bring this pot to a boil and let simmer for a few minutes until all cherries are heated through (don’t cook them.)
  9. Pack cherries into jars.
  10. Leave 3 cm (1 inch) headspace.
  11. Top up with the water you boiled them in from the pot or if there isn’t enough, clean boiling water (such as from a kettle, for instance).
  12. Leave 2 cm (½ inch) headspace after being filled with liquid.
  13. Debubble, adjust headspace.
  14. Wipe jar rims.
  15. Put lids on.
  16. Process in a water bath or steam canner.
  17. Processing time: ½ litre (US pint) jars for 15 minutes; litre (US quart) jars for 20 minutes. Increase time as needed for your altitude.

Can I use cornstarch or some other type of thickener while canning?
This is a great question, and undoubtedly the one I get THE MOST on this topic! The answer is NO, it is recommended that no starch should be added during the canning process.

It really only takes about 3 minutes to thicken the syrup when you go to use it, so I like to air on the side of caution and “follow the rules” on this one!


Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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