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Frozen sour cherries?

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I have visions of a sour cherry cheesecake for valentine's day, but I'm struggling with where to find frozen sour cherries in Minneapolis. I looked at the Seward Co-op yesterday, and just called the Wedge but neither place has them. I happened to be at the Southdale Byerly's today and didn't see them there... Any tips? I don't have a car so knowing exactly where to find them, or at least narrowing down where to call would be great, thanks.

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  1. Frozen sour cherries are very scarce unless you live in Door County.


    If you're willing to settle for jarred sour cherries, hie yourself to a Middle Eastern deli. Caspian Bistro in SE Mpls usually has 'em - I drain them and optionally soak them in something alcoholic before I use them. Way better than no sour cherries at all...


    Caspian Bistro
    2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

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    1. re: AnneInMpls

      Thanks for the link and the tip Anne; I had searched the archives for sour cherries but not tart cherries. I'll check out Caspian Bistro for jarred ones though!

      Caspian Bistro
      2418 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

      1. re: AnneInMpls

        Anne, I agree on shopping a Middle Eastern market - I get the ZerGut brand jarred sour cherries from Holyland (both Central Avenue and in Midtown Global Market). But: the ZerGut is in a light syrup, and I'd really like to find something without a syrup pack. Do you find any water-packed at Caspian?


        Midtown Global Market
        920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

        1. re: cayjohan

          No - I think I've only seen the ZerGut cherries at Caspian. I drain and rinse them, then usually soak them in alcohol (thus adding more calories than the syrup :-).


          1. re: AnneInMpls

            Also as an FYI, I believe that Bill's Imported Foods carries some jarred sour cherries. I bought some last summer for maraschino cherries but don't recall the brand. I wouldn't be surprised if they were ZerGut since Bill's carries other ZerGut products.

            Bill's Imported Foods
            721 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      2. I've seen them in past years at Kowalskis. I haven't checked this year so I don't know.

        Worth a phone call.

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        1. re: karykat

          No luck at Kowalski's (Uptown), unfortunately they just have sweet ones. Thanks though!

        2. I would try dried ones instead - you can find them at Trader Joe's. It's very hard to get sour cherries in Minnesota for some strange reason. I buy them in Indiana.

          In cheesecake, the dried ones would probably work better, anyway - !?!?!