Enjoy Cherries All Year Long With These Easy Freezing Methods
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Cherries are little tree-grown stone fruits. Typically, one inch in diameter, this heart-shaped fruit has a firm pit in the centre. Cherries are part of the Prunus genus, which also includes plums, peaches, nectarines, and apricots. There are about 1,000 different types of cherries, including the rainier and sweet varieties. Some cherries are sweet, while others are sour, and they range in colour from red to yellow to practically black. Cherries are a favourite summer fruit. You may savour the taste of summer all year long by preserving cherries, and this article shows you how to do it.

Method 1

The simplest method for freezing cherries is to wash them, gently blot them dry with a paper towel, and then put them on a baking sheet. For a few hours, place the cherries in the freezer. Then, take them out of the freezer and seal them in zip-lock bags. To consume those cherries, simply remove them whenever you want to. It’s best to let them thaw for a few minutes before eating them. If you have children at home, we suggest you should pit the cherries first. If you choose not to pit them, be careful while consuming them later.

Method 2

You will need plastic containers with lids for this method of freezing cherries. Sizes that contain roughly a cup are ideal. This is a terrific method to repurpose old containers that once carried butter, spreads, or other similar items. Any food-safe plastic container with a lid will suffice. Sugar, water, and cherries are required. You have to make a very light sugar syrup to use this procedure. Because cherries are quite sweet, it is best to use as little sugar as possible to still be able to enjoy them.

You will need 4 cups of cherries, washed and blotted dry. If you want to pit them, or if you have children who will eat them later, do so. Pour 4 cups of water into a pot to make the syrup. Pour in one cup of sugar. Bring the water to a boil. Return to a boil after adding the cherries. Turn off the heat. Allow for cooling for 15 to 20 minutes. Gently pour the liquid and cherries into the containers. Allow cooling to room temperature before serving. Place in the freezer gently. When totally frozen, remove and let thaw for a few minutes before serving.

How to use frozen cherries?

Frozen cherries can be stored in the freezer for up to a year. Frozen cherries can be used in baked foods such as cherry cobbler. You can use frozen cherries as an ice cream topper, add them to a smoothie, or make a cherry jam. Frozen cherries will not be as firm as fresh cherries after thawing, but they will be tasty. Because different cherry types have varied textures when thawed, try freezing different kinds of cherries.