Sour Cherry & Rosemary Conserves

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Serves: 1 pint
Makes 1 pint (I like to use ½ pint jars)


  • 1½ pints (450 grams) sour cherries, pitted
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (225 grams) granulated natural cane sugar
  • 2-inch (5-cm) sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 3-inch by 2-inch piece of lemon rind (with the white pith)


  1. Add the cherries, sugar, rosemary, and lemon rind to a deep pot. Stir together until cherries are well coated with the sugar. Cover, and let the mixture sit at room temperature for about 1½ hours, until it looks slightly thickened and the sugar has mostly dissolved.
  2. Place the pot on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil.
  3. Using a slotted spoon, strain out the cherries into clean, sterilized glass jars (one pint jar or two ½ pint jars). Discard the lemon rind and rosemary.
  4. Cook the remaining liquid in the pot for 1 to 2 minutes more, until it thickens slightly. Spoon the liquid over the cherries. Cover, and screw on the lid tightly. Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes for long term storage. You can alternately let the conserves cool, and store them in the fridge for up to 1 month.