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Make Your Own Maraschino cherries

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Ingredients

4 pounds pitted cherries
2 quarts water
1 tablespoon pickling salt
1 teaspoon alum
4 pounds sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons red food coloring
2 tablespoons almond extract

Instructions

Soak the cherries overnight in water, salt and alum. In the morning drain and rinse in cold water. Combine sugar, lemon juice and food coloring. Add cherries and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand 24 hours. Next morning bring to boil, add almond extract. Ladle into jars while boiling hot. If made for immediate use, store in the refrigerator, for long term storage, process in pint or half pint jars in a hot water bath for ten minutes.

Bess Pierce, Moline



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1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rock Island Citizens Improvement Association held a special meeting to consider the proposition of consolidating Rock Island and Moline.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The home of A. Freeman, 806 3rd Ave., was entered by a burglar while a circus parade was in progress and about $100 worth of jewelry and $5 in cash were taken.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The million dollar dredge, Rock Island, of the Rock Island district of United States engineers will be in this area this week to deepen the channel at the site of the new Rock Island-Davenport bridge.
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