I have an aversion to high fructose corn syrup. I began avoiding it 4 years ago and lost a bunch of weight as a result. One of the final hurdles for my HFCS-avoidance is maraschino cherries. The jars of cherries at the store contain pitted cherries, red dye, and HFCS. I’ve been looking for alternatives, and found a simple recipe to make your own.
- Trader Joe’s Dried Bing Cherries (these are pitted too).
- Brandy of your choosing. I used Pierre Duchene, which is $8 at Trader Joe’s.
- A container.
Combine them so that the cherries are completely submerged, and leave some room because they’ll swell quite a bit.
Ew….but leave them in there for 2 days minimum, and here’s what you get:
Wow! I had to top it off again with brandy as they really swelled up on me. Now the result is a firm cherry, not sweet at all (I’m considering using a little sugar in the jar next time). I’ve used them in Old Fashioneds and they come out great!