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  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Nut Free
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Easy Sour Cherries in Light Syrup with 3 Ingredients

This sour cherries sauce is tart, perfectly textured, and jam-packed with tons of cherry flavor. You’ll love having this sauce around for pies, morning breakfasts, and for topping your favorite desserts!


All great jams, jellies, and sauces start with fruit. It should always be the first ingredient. You know, unlike store-bought jams that usually list sugar as their first ingredient. This sour cherry sauce starts with 9 pounds of beautiful, red, sour cherries.

What are sour cherries?

Sour cherries are, well, sour. They can be slightly sweet but always have a distinct tart flavor. While regular cherries are enjoyed raw, these are best eaten after being cooked down. They make the perfect filling for a delicious, homemade cherry pie.

Where to find sour cherries?

Be on the lookout for these sour cherries, because they aren’t always readily available at your local grocery store. Your best bet might be to look for a farm that allows you to pick your own sour cherries.

How is this sour cherries jam/sauce different from most other jams?

You’ll notice that many of the jams I make combine sugar and fruit. Those two ingredients are cooked on low flame for an hour or so until they are well combined. With this particular jam, I like to make a light syrup first from water and sugar. This syrup is then poured on top of the cherries for another boil. The cherries will still hold their shape instead of turning into a mush of broken fruit.

Whether you’re planning on making some holiday pies, assembling cherry sundaes, or eating straight from the jar, this sour cherries sauce is a must-have at home. 

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • sour cherries
  • sugar
  • water
  • jars

Easy fruit recipes are the best! Here are some more favorites:

This Baked Warm Fruit Salad has chocolate, coconut, and almonds to please your taste buds and sweet cravings!

You can learn How to Make Homemade Fruit Juice right at home! It’s delicious and perfectly sweetened.


Easy Sour Cherries in Light Syrup with 3 Ingredients

If your cherry harvest was abundant this year, preserve your cherries by making them with a light syrup.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American, Jam, Russian
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Calories: 827kcal


  • Glass jars
  • Pot
  • Deep skillet


  • 9 lb sour cherries, washed & pitted
  • 8 lb sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • jars, washed in hot water & ready to use


  • In a big pan heat up 4 cups of water and 8 pounds of sugar. Stir occasionally until mixture becomes clear.
    9 lb sour cherries,, 8 lb sugar, 4 cups water
  • Put washed and pitted sour cherries in a big pot or dish (heat safe). Pour the clear syrup over the cherries and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes on low heat.
    9 lb sour cherries,
  • Turn off the heat and let the cherries completely cool down.
  • Heat up cherries, bring to a boil and turn off the heat. Let them cool down once again.
  • Bring to a boil one more time. This time don’t need to cool down just put them in the jars.


Calories: 827kcal | Carbohydrates: 213g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 457mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 207g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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