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Ground Cherry Sauce

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"This sauce is a family favorite that can be frozen or canned, then used as topping, sauce or added to a pie. Use regular sugar or substitute 1/2 cup Splenda for a sugar-free treat. Freeze or process as a jam for later use."
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25 m servings 35
Original recipe yields 32 servings (4 cups)


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  1. Place the water, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and stir in the cherries. Reduce heat, and simmer until cherries are transparent. Pour into resealable freezer bags and freeze, or pour into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath.


  • Editor's Note
  • Ground Cherries, also called Cape Gooseberries, are cultivated in tropical regions such as Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, and China, and also grow wild in many areas of the continental United States.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 35 calories; 0.1 8.3 0.3 0 < 1 Full nutrition

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I used this recipe for an entirely different berry, but wanted to share it so that others might adapt for thier own needs. I was making individual pineapple upside-down cakes and wanted a cherry...

this was delicious! I used half frozen dark sweet cherries and half frozen cranberries (finely chopped in a blender) and then added some chopped fresh raspberries to the finished product. I als...

I used the sauce as a ham glaze. Delicious! The flavor is sweet but piquant and much better than canned pineapple. Two changes: I crushed the cherries in the saucepan so the pulp would simmer i...

I did make changes, used regular cherries - half tart, half sweet dark - next time [and there will be a 'next time' - I might use a little less sugar, but it was delicious! Thanks!

This recipe is perfect. Our Cherry tree had a bumper crop this year. Made this, added the lemon juice as one reviewer suggested and put it over Vanilla Bean ice cream on a super hot day here. ...