How to prepare cherries in syrup
Cherries in syrup are a delicious way to preserve fresh cherries so you can enjoy them all year round. Here’s how to prepare them:
– Fresh and ripe cherries
1. Washing cherries:
Start by washing the cherries well under running water to remove any impurities and pesticides. Drain them and dry them gently with a clean cloth.
2. Peeling and pitting:
Now you need to remove the stones from the cherries. You can do this manually with your hands or use a cherry pitting tool. Make sure you do this very gently so as not to damage the cherries themselves too much.
3. Preparation of syrup:
Make a simple syrup with sugar and water. You can use the following ratio as a starting point: 1 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan, stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the syrup is ready, let it cool for a few minutes.
To dissolve the sugar you can use an immersion blender or use warm water (40-50 degrees) and mix with a spoon.
After dissolving all the sugar, pour the syrup into a squeezer or a perfectly clean and dry glass bottle.
4. Dip the cherries in the syrup:
Dip the pitted cherries into the hot syrup and let them soak for a few minutes, about 3-5 minutes. This will help retain their freshness and prevent them from becoming too soft during storage.
5. Fill the jars:
While the cherries are still warm, fill them into sterilized glass jars. Be sure to use jars that have an airtight lid for best preservation.
6. Pour the syrup:
Pour the hot syrup over the cherries in the jars, leaving a gap of about 1cm from the edge of the jar. This space allows air to escape during the canning process.
7. Seal the jars:
Close the jars tightly with the lids and check that they are well sealed.
8. Preservation process:
To preserve cherries in syrup, you can choose between two methods: bain-marie or refrigeration.
– Bain-marie: Place the jars in a pan with boiling water, so that they are completely submerged. Boil for about 15-20 minutes to ensure good preservation. Once done, let them cool and check that the lids are tightly sealed.
– Storage in the refrigerator: If you prefer a simpler method, you can store the jars in the refrigerator. In this case, the cherries in syrup will last less than the double boiler method, but they will still be good to consume for a few weeks or months.
Once preserved, cherries in syrup can be used to prepare desserts, added to yogurt or simply eaten alone as a snack. Be sure to check the jars occasionally to make sure they are still tightly sealed and that there are no signs of deterioration.