Copyright © 2020 Leaf Group Ltd., all rights reserved. Sour cherries do indeed make for a delightful homemade wine. An alternative is a cherry pitter, which will remove the pit with the quick squeeze of a handle. If you don't have time to pit fresh cherries Do I pour this juice down the sink, or do I put all the juice into the pot with the cherries (after I've pitted them). Stone fruit should be pitted, berries or cherries can be lightly crushed. Insert whichever tool you choose into the stem … Those are the same as sour pie cherries. There's no danger to eating sour cherries. We’ve spotted bright scarlet sour cherries too, and we’re hankering after a pint or two to bake with. Too funny; I just bought two cases of pie cherries from The Apple Barrel in Kalispell this afternoon to use in cherry liqueur and cherry wine recipes. It has long been possible to dry and preserve them so anyone anywhere may enjoy them. You can link to this site as much as you want, but please don't use any content or photographs without my permission. Don’t get stuck on pie, however; there are so many other uses for sour cherries in dessert. Gapers Block: Cherries are in Season, Time for a Drink! There are no shortage of ideas and recipes for this method of cherry preservation: Get more cherry jam and other ideas in my Fiercely D.I.Y. I don't know if you still have this blog as active however im so happy i found it and this is my first fall where i have sour cherries at my fingertips and i cant wait to get right into many of your ideas!! I was so busy however, that I had to put them right in the freezer and unfortunately I didn't pit them. However, because they are from nature, they can only stay fresh for so long. 2007 - 2020 Kathie N. Lapcevic. Thankfully, there are easy ways to preserve sweet cherries for the rest of the year. Guide to Jams & Jellies. Thank you. You're going to need to account for the extra moisture when you thicken. Freezing them in a single layer first, means they don’t freeze into a solid mass in the container making it easier later to get only the amount needed for a recipe. Add enough bourbon or rum to cover. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours until solid, then put the frozen cherries into a container and keep frozen until needed. I did not freeze the cherries in any kind of juice or liquid. 1 cup sugar (plain white granulated sugar is easiest, but you can experiment with brown sugar) 1 cup apple cider vinegar. After learning how to can mandarin oranges in very light syrup and fruit juice this year – with great results – I plan to do with same with cherries. Now I'll have a use for the leftover pits! Red wine, white wine, or other fruit-based vinegars make good substitutions. Turn the burner off and remove the pan from the stove. Cherries are one of nature's deserts that complement any food or drink. Sour cherries can be one of the most under-appreciated fruits of summer. Let the mixture cool in the pan for another 5 minutes. It might feel odd to throw cherries into a hot skillet, but add a little butter and some jam, and what you have is a quick version of cherries jubilee. Put them to good use with these easy ideas. Cherries are one of nature's deserts that complement any food or drink. Here are ten recipes from around the web and our site too. Also, don’t forget those pits can be put to good use too in homemade heating pads. So stock up when you find a good deal and use those jewels for tasty preserves The sauce goes particularly well on ice cream, like in this recipe for Stir-Fried Cherries with Chocolate Chip Cones, but you can also experiment with drizzling it over Greek yogurt, or even a fresh slice of olive oil cake or pound cake. Duck Breast with Double-Cherry Sauce Recipe While the sauce calls for frozen cherries, substitute fresh cherries if you can find them for an even brighter flavor. Place in the freezer for a couple of hours until solid, then put the frozen cherries into a container and keep frozen until needed. What’s your favorite cherry recipe? Do you mean choke cherries? 3. Add the cherries to the mixture and simmer for 5 minutes. Brimming with fresh cherries and topped with a crunchy streusel, this tempting tart is a great way to end dinner on a sweet note. Cherries can be revived by reconstitution. Make it: Pit and halve fresh cherries; place in jar. The optimal marination time is 2 weeks, although the fruit will remain fresh for a couple of months if refrigerated. Just froze them whole. Copyright © 2020 Homespun Seasonal Living | The Wisteria on Trellis Framework by Mediavine. Cherries are in season now, and we’ve been seeing bags of dark, sweet cherries at the market. If there's something you want to use somewhere else either online or in print, e-mail me and we'll work it out. Here are a few recipes to get those creative juices flowing: Sour cherries are easily frozen for winter baking and more. It might be a little more work and maybe not the snack of choice but sour cherries most definitely have a place or a few places in our kitchens and pantries. Fresh sweet cherries are a joy of the summer season. Freezing them first convinces them to give up excess water making the drying process go a bit faster. Enjoy those sour cherries! Which is such a shame because it is so very easy to use and preserve sour cherries. Fresh cherry pie is an amazing thing and remember whole pies can be frozen for later too. For example, substitute bourbon for half of the brandy. Never add liquor to the mixture while cooking on the stove. Your timing is impeccable. No need to ask what to make with fresh cherries, we’ve got you covered! I'd like to preserve them now into cherry pie filling and my question is this: Once I thaw them, I know I'll have all kinds of natural juice in the ziplock. So I am also making cherry pit vinegar and noyeaux liqueur with them. The sauce goes particularly well on ice cream, like in this recipe for Stir-Fried Cherries with Chocolate Chip Cones, but you can also experiment with drizzling it over Greek yogurt, or even a fresh slice of olive oil cake or pound cake. Of course, pie is the most common use. It has long been possible to dry and preserve them so anyone anywhere may enjoy them. However, because they are from nature, they can only stay fresh for so long. It was a great learning experience and now that I have spent a year tasting the results, I’m happy to share these 10 terrific ways to preserve cherries… Frozen cherries Cherries freeze really well, and you can use them throughout the year in smoothies, cobblers, and more (my personal favorite is snacking on them straight from the freezer). For pie filling, I'd thaw first and drain, then continue. Heat the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low setting. Fresh Cherry Cobbler Recipe This cobbler comes together quickly because the crust is made with refrigerated pie dough and the fresh cherry filling is thickened with quick-cooking tapioca. Affiliate Disclosure & General Disclaimers. We are very much active around here. Here are some tasty, tart options: Don’t let those sour cherries go to waste in favor of their sweeter cousins this summer. Brimming with fresh cherries and topped with a crunchy streusel, this tempting tart is a great way to end dinner on a sweet note. Test Kitchen Editorial Assistant, Trish Clasen, soaks her fresh cherries in bourbon or rum for all kinds of fun cocktails. Whole canned cherries This is actually the one method I haven’t tried yet because I always assumed canned fruit had to be packed in overly sweet syrup. Good options are a toothpick, unbent paper clip, hair pin, lobster pick, or a metal orange stick (used for manicures). Place the dried cherries into a colander and rinse in the sink. Cherries can be revived by reconstitution. Reconstituted dry cherries give a flavorful impact to pies, chocolates, or cocktails. Now I pour the tomatoes (after I've skinned them) and whatever liquid is in the bag into the pot and it's perfect. Pour the mixture into Mason jars. This was my first summer being able to harvest from our sour cherry tree that we planted the year previous, and what a great crop!