Cherries in brandy
This is a simple way to preserve cherries while they’re in season and enjoy them throughout the rest of the year. Follow the steps, label your jars with the month and year, and put them away in a dark place like a cupboard. Forget about them for a few months — say until Christmas — and then remember what a treat you have waiting to be opened.
In France, it is easy to find eau de vie pour fruits, a flavorless distillation that clocks in at 38 percent alcohol content. If this is not available where you live, I’d suggest using a bland vodka — or any brandy, cognac, armagnac or grappa.
As for the cherries, go for a not-too-sweet variety. The Rainier cherries pictured above work well, as do red bing cherries and morello sour cherries.
1 pound fresh cherries
1-3/4 cup (400 ml) eau de vie, vodka or brandy
4 tbsp. white sugar
Make sure your jars are clean and dry. If you rinse the cherries, allow them to dry before beginning.
Seal the jars and give them a shake. It will take about 24 hours for the sugar to dissolve completely. To help this process along, shake the jars from time to time, turning them upside down and back again. When the sugar has completely dissolved, label your jars and put them away for at least three months.
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