Cherry-Vanilla Preserves

Choose the ripest of fresh cherries for this recipe. Frozen ones are okay if ripe fresh ones are unavailable.

Serves: 32Hands-on: 35 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 32


  • 2 lemons
  • 8 cups cherries, pitted
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 6 cups sugar


  • Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Discard the seeds and reserve the juice.
  • Put the lemon halves in a large saucepan with the cherries, vanilla bean, and sugar. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring to prevent scorching.
  • Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, remove vanilla bean and lemon halves, and stir in lemon juice.
  • Ladle or pour the preserves into hot sterilized jars, filling to ¼" from the top. Wipe jar rims. Cover at once with metal lids and screw-on bands. Let cool at room temperature.