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May 16, 2003 09:36 PM

how do i store cherries?

  • w

need advice on how to store cherries. any interesting thoughts on what to do with them would be great, too.

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  1. Are you talking about the bright red sour pie cherry Montmorency-type cherries or the darker sweet Bing-type cherries?

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    1. re: N Tocus
      wow i'm a dog

      Bing-type cherries.

    2. Not clear from your posting whether you have an agricultural glut or what---the other day I saw cherries in Chicago for $7.99 lb.---wherever can you be? 1) Store dry in refrigerator. 2) To use Bing cherries make a Clafoutis (see Epicurious) or poach briefly in a simple syrup to which you then add a good slug of brandy; refrigerate; eat on ice cream. To use Montmorencies pit then freeze in pints without sugar, use in pie or cobbler; or sweeten, bring to boil, thicken with cornstarch, and eat hot on waffles or pancakes. Pitting goes faster than you'd think; just use a paring knife; you don't need a special gadget.

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      1. re: N Tocus
        wow i'm a dog

        thanks for the tips. in southern california's farmer's markets, they have the cherries for about $5 per large container.

        1. re: N Tocus

          Pitting goes faster then you'd think?

          Don't want to spoil your fun, but having spent back to back weekends every summer as a kid pitting tart cherries from one Northstar tree (roaster pan after roaster pan - until the thing died when I left home - coincidence???) I'm wondering exactly what it is faster then? From ripe cherries the pit just pops out anyway, seems the paring knife would slow you down. That said they make the best pie in the world, which would explain why I planted a couple of those infernal trees and starting this summer will remember how fast it goes.

          As for storing cherries the U of Minnesota extension web site says sweet cherries will store 1-2 weeks in the fridge, tart cherries store 3-4 days. Make sure the stems are left on the sweet cherries.

        2. Here's some advice from C J Olson, my favorite cherry orchard here in the SF Bay Area: