Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600378
Cherries, sour Whole Syrup pack is best for cherries to be served uncooked. Sugar pack is preferable for cherries to be used for pies or other cooked products.
Select bright-red, tree-ripened cherries. Stem, sort and wash thoroughly. Drain and pit.
Use one of the following methods. Syrup pack Pack cherries into containers and cover with cold 50- percent syrup, (1 cup water to 1 cup sugar) depending on tartness of the cherries. Seal, label and freeze.
Sugar pack To 1 quart (1 1/3 pounds) cherries add 3/4 cup sugar. Mix until sugar is dissolved. Pack into containers. Seal, label and freeze.
Crushed Prepare for packing as freezing whole. Remove pits and crush cherries coarsely. To each quart (2 pounds) of crushed fruit add 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid. Mix well. Pack into containers. Seal, label and freeze.