Saturday, July 18, 2009

Putting Up Cherries

Sweet cherries are so good fresh, but we just can't eat them all. We put some in the freezer for winter eating.

Stemmed, rinsed, and ready to be pitted.

About this time each year, I think that the cherry pitter is just about the best thing ever invented. For a few years, I didn't have one, and used a paring knife. This is much faster, much better too! You load this hopper with cherries...

...gently push down the plunger.

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

The pitted cherries roll onto a plate, and the pits fall into the little side 'wings' of the pitter. It's AWESOME, man!


We simply place them onto trays and freeze them. When it's time to eat them, we let them soften a few minutes, then eat them as a snack. They're like little cherry all-fruit popsicles!

Once they are frozen, we pack them in freezer containers, label and put in the deep freeze. I have nine boxes stored away for later, and tonight we start on the sour cherries!

What are you harvesting these days?


stacey said...

this totally makes me hungry for cobbler!

tenthingsfarm said...

Yum! I hadn't thought of cobbler (yet!)

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how long you steam the cherries? And I assume that you do a cold rinse after.

tenthingsfarm said...

I don't steam them at all. Much like strawberries, I wash them, pit them (for strawberries I'd cap them) and then freeze them on trays. After that they are put into containers, labeled, and returned to the freezer. Easy! :)

angeliqueshara said...

I love the look on her face!


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