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How to Freeze Cherries

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How to Freeze Cherries

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Cherries freeze beautifully. Save money by buying a bunch when they're in season and freezing them.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Wash the cherries in cool water and pat them dry with a towel.
  2. Discard any cherries that are broken, bruised or otherwise blemished. You want firm, ripe cherries only.
  3. 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).
  4. Place the cherries on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and freeze. This will keep the cherries from freezing together in clumps.
  5. 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.

Tips:

  1. Cherry juice stains, so be sure to cover your work area before you get started
  2. Use your frozen cherries to make a tart, jam or a pie.
  3. 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:

  • Cherries
  • Water
  • A colander
  • A Towel
  • A knife
  • A cookie sheet
  • Freezer bags or a freezer-safe container
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