Today, we’re gonna learn how to pit cherries and then how to freeze cherries! You can store your cherries in the freezer for the next 2-3 months and use them in smoothies, healthy breakfast recipes and delicious desserts.
How To Freeze Cherries
Cherries are healthy, delicious and they come around only once a year. Over the last month there have been so many ripe and sweet cherries, it makes me happy and sad at the same time. I’m glad because they’re finally here, but I know before we know it, these cherries will be gone. Nada, no cherries. Actually, it’s almost time.
So we better preserve at least some of these delicious cherries for later. One great way to preserve cherries is pitting and freezing them.
Pitting & Freezing Cherries Step By Step
Step 1: Declutter
Remove the bad ones. If you have a big bag of cherries, go through it and remove any cherries that might have gone bad. You don’t want to freeze bad cherries.
Step 2: Wash
Wash your cherries thoroughly, use a colander and under running water stir your cherries carefully using your hands.
Step 3: Stems and LEaves
If there are any stems and leaves – remove them.
Step 4: Pitting
We want to freeze cherries that are absolutely ready to eat – so we just need the cherry meat and want to get rid of the pit. Pits aren’t a good ingredient for smoothies or cherry pie.
How To Pit Cherries.
I used to do this using a knife and cutting each cherry open to remove the pit and this took me hours. Like hours, for a small bag of cherries. Later, I learned you can use a cherry pitter. But since I always lose things I learned to pit cherries by inserting a firm reusable straw like this one into the cherry at the stem end. This pushes the pit right out and it’s so much faster. You can also use chopsticks for this. However you decide to pit your cherries, I highly recommend wearing rubber gloves if you don’t want your hands to look messy for the next 2 days. As you can see I had forgotten to buy some, so I’m wearing plastic gloves that didn’t really fit – they still worked!
Step 5: Freezing
While you’re pitting your cherries have a freezer bag open and collect them there. Gently push any excess air out before (be careful not to smash the cherries) and lay the bag flat in the freezer. Do this for the next one and so on.
How To Use Frozen Cherries
There are so many things you can do with frozen, pitted cherries. You can make smoothies, a healthy ice cream, use them on your breakfast yogurt or oats, in cherry desserts like cherry pie, black forest cake or even in alcoholic drinks.
You can also make a healthy cherry ice cream in your blender. Simply add frozen cherries, one banana, a little bit of milk and some vanilla and blend until smooth. It will take a while to blend, but it’s refreshing and delicious!
Here are some healthy cherry recipes you might like:
- Coconut Cherry Smoothie
- Oatmeal Cherry Pancakes
- Oatmeal Cherry Crumble Pie
- Healthy One Minute Black Forest Cake