Makes 2 pints
3 pounds cherries, stemmed, pitted, and coarsely chopped
3 cups granulated sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
Zest of 2 lemons
Combine all of the ingredients except the zest in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring frequently until thickened about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat, pour into jars, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks or freeze for longer-term storage.