Cherries freeze beautifully. Save money by buying a bunch when they're in season and freezing them.
Time Required: Varies
- Wash the cherries in cool water and pat them dry with a towel.
- Discard any cherries that are broken, bruised or otherwise blemished. You want firm, ripe cherries only.
- Remove the stems and pits. This can be accomplished with a cherry pitter, by cutting the cherries in half and removing the pit or by fishing the pit out with a bobby pin (or a similar implement).
- Place the cherries on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and freeze. This will keep the cherries from freezing together in clumps.
Once frozen, transfer the cherries to a freezer bag (or another freezer-safe container). Squeeze out any excess air before sealing the bag. Then, label it; and return it to the freezer.
Use your cherries within a year to avoid freezer burn.
- Cherry juice stains, so be sure to cover your work area before you get started
- Use your frozen cherries to make a tart, jam or a pie.
- Print out a free copy of the Freezer Inventory List, and use it to keep track of what's in your freezer
What You Need:
- A colander
- A Towel
- A knife
- A cookie sheet
- Freezer bags or a freezer-safe container