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canned sour cherries

I have an old Christmas recipe which calls for canned sour cherries, not cherry pie filling. Thought I could just pick them up at the supermarket, but no luck today. Does anyone know where I can get them?

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  1. I've bought pitted red sour cherries from Sobeys (they are in a glass container & the brand is Gourmet Gallery) in the canned fruit section.

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    1. re: always_eating

      they in a super-syruppy brine or are they more like canned preserves?

      1. re: atomeyes

        No, not super syrupy. Light syrup (I have a jar in my fridge). I use the leftover liquid in cocktails.

    2. Possibly Highland Farms? I've found them at Starsky, too.

      1. Fresh from the Farm used to have sour cherries. check with them.
        but they're not canned - they're the real deal, preserved like your baba would have preserved them.

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        1. re: atomeyes

          Yes thay are canned. In a glass bottle.

        2. I would think Yummy, Honey Bear Deli, and any other Central European or Eastern European-centric stores would sell them. They come in glass jars, not metal cans, in case you haven't purchased them before.

          1. I buy S&J brand sour cherries in light syrup at No Frills. It's in a glass bottle.

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            1. re: foodyDudey

              I think it the brand is S&F (I just checked my pantry); I think you can buy them at just about any of the big supermarkets (I think I bought this jar at Sobeys). 28 oz glass jar, Product of Hungary. Just sour cherries, water and sugar. They really are like the canned cherries your granny would make. And as someone mentioned above, the leftover juice is great in cocktails.

            2. Where are you located? Any Eastern European deli and most No Frills I've been to have them. Like Prima says, in a glass jar, not a can.

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              1. re: grandgourmand

                It's odd how many people here seem to think that when someone mentions "canned" it means in a metal can.

                Canning refers to a food preserving method, not the material that the container is made from.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  And, no Bisphenol-A in a glass jar (except perhaps the lid)

              2. I just had a wonderful sour cherry crepe at Krepesz European Palacsinta Cafe at 253 Augusta Ave in Kensington Village, Toronto. I asked them where they got their sour cherries and they showed me a glass jar. Can't remember the name of them but you could always call or ask them where they got them. It was VERY delicious! (as is everything they serve there, especially the coffee, but then Crema Coffee trained their baristas so that's no surprise).