Port-preserved cherries


Delicious port-preserved cherries, an amazing way to store your fresh cherries for a few years.

40 minutes 8 people Side dishes
Port-preserved cherries


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  • 1 kg fresh cherries
  • 1 liter water
  • 250 gram sugar
  • 750 ml red port
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Port-preserved cherries ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • large pan (copper)
  • skimmer (copper)
  • cherry pitter
  • citrus juicer
  • knife
  • large sterile jars
  • funnel


40 minutes 8 people Side dishes

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Preparation -- 10 minutes

Rinse the cherries and start removing the pits. The easiest way is using a cherry pitter, but a small knife is also possible. Make sure all the cherries are pitted and rinse the cherries again.

Squeeze the juice from a lime using a citrus juicer. 

Port-preserved cherries
Port-preserved cherries

Finishing the port-preserved cherries -- 30 minutes

Add 1 liter of water to a large pan along with 250 gram sugar. Heat on medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved completely, stir occasionally.

Add 750 ml red port, 4 star anise, 2 cinnamon sticks, lime juice and a tablespoon vanilla extract. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, you'll turn down the heat. 

Add the pitted cherries and let it simmer on low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes. Note: make sure to use sterile jars to prevent bacteria and mould in the jars.

Use a spoon and funnel to transfer the cherries with the delicious port-water to the jars. Make sure to add them to the jars while they're as warm as possible. Repeat until all the cherries and port-water is used.

Place the lids on the jars and place them upside down. As soon as the jars are cooled off a bit, you can store them in a dark closet or basement for up to 2 years.

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