Can I Freeze Cherries? 2

Washing Cherries“Can I freeze cherries?” is a question that I have been asked several times in the past few weeks and the answer is “YES!”  Not only is it possible to freeze cherries, but it is actually quite simple:

  1. Wash your cherries.  If you don’t have many, this can easily be done in a bowl in your kitchen sink.  If, however, you are like our family and like to process a lot of fruit at one time, you will find this job is a fun one to do outside.  All you need is a clean, good sized bucket, a garden hose, and a strainer.  Fill your bucket 3/4 full with water, dump your cherries in, gently swish them around, and then strain them out!  A easy fun job for the whole family!Pitting cherries
  2. Pit the cherries.  I know this sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be.  I have pitted cherries many ways, starting with a knife, and cutting them in half.  This method works, but even better is to use a cherry pitter like the OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter (I have this one), or even better this Cherry Pitter by Westmark (I want this one 🙂 )
  3. Bag them.  I like to use quart size freezer bags, and fill with about 2 cups of fruit.  This seems to work for our family, but do what makes sense for you.
  4. Freeze them.

That’s it.  It is just that simple!


Watch for part two of freezing cherries coming soon:  I Froze my Cherries, Now What?



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