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Oct 6, 2007 03:07 AM

Frozen sweet or tart cherries

We're out of the season for sweet cherries here in Boston but I am wondering if the frozen kind are good for snacking? Does anyone know where I can get them? I looked online and found slim pickings. Any help is appreciated.

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  1. They are not in the same league as fresh cherries, but I do kind of like the frozen Bing cherries from Trader Joe's. The jarred Morello cherries from TJs are pretty good too. However, I tend to eat dried tart cherries (not dried Bing or Rainier - for some reason they are not nearly as good) to get my cherry fix in the off season. The Montgomery dried ones are especially good.

    1. We eat the frozen Bing cherries but don't find them all that flavorful. Frozen sour cherries apparently exist only in the few states where they are grown. We like those best, especially for pie or cobbler, but they are scarcer than hen's teeth. DH did, however, once break down and pay the obscene shipping costs to procure a few bags. Personally, I have eaten the commonly available frozen strawberries, semi-thawed, as a snack. A light sprinkle of sugar or sweetener and they are quite satisfying.

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      1. re: rexsreine

        Wow- I didn't realize how much more they cost, even before shipping, living here in Michigan. And as embarrassing as it is to admit as a great-granddaughter of one of the first cherry farmers in northern Michigan, I absolutely HATE cherries.

        There has been a big push in the last few years for the Rainer cherries, but I don't know if they produce enough of them yet to sell them out of state.

        1. re: rexsreine

          For cooking and baking purposes out of season we've used bottled sour cherries in the past - the ones from Hungary or Poland. They worked surprisingly well when we couldn't get frozen ones.

          We try to get buckets of sour cherries at the farmgate from growers who pack them and they can do up a pail for us without sugar. This year I missed the window and bought a pail from our local Zehr's. Why is sugar added anyway? It does effect the tartness even when allowed for in the recipe. Still okay though.

        2. Try the Leelanau Fruit Company, Cherry Republic, or do a search for "cherries" or "Traverse City, Michigan". Traverse City is the Cherry Capitol of Michigan where they grow sweets and tarts and some places sell them frozen. If you want frozen, try Leelanau Fruit Company or Google "Traverse City cherries". There are tons of places around there that would have them available.

          1. I love frozen sweet cherries! I find them regularly at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Sprouts and Sunflower Market here in AZ...not sure which of those are West Coast chains.