I was just offered to come pick a friends cherry tree..

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by Momagain1, May 27, 2012.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    they said they NEVER EVER pick it..it always goes to the birds/waste...
    so he called me and said "If you want to come pick these cherries in the next few days, and do your farmer stuff..LMK...

    so I want to go pick them...and I'll pick to my hearts content...FREE fruit?? whats NOT to love! I have a cherry pitter too!

    I could just freeze them..but I dont want to take up freezer space...

    so I can can them..but what would you make with them/??

    Cherry jelly??
    Cherry pie filling??

    ideas!! TIA!
  2. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    Both !!!! I would do both, you are so lucky!
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    I know~!~! Normally we pay out the WAZOOOOO for fruit...strawberries/cherries/peaches etc...

    but God has smiled upon us and given us our cherries for free this year!!! :)

    Is there anything else you would do with the cherries???
  4. hispoptart

    hispoptart Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    YEP!!! How about wine? That would be yummy, or syrup? Yummy also.
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    besides eating them fresh until I am sick?

    I pit them and freeze them whole and then just eat them, or make ice cream out of them. I used to can them in very light syrup and then I'd use them to make cherry pie or other cherry treats. Or the canned ones can be used in fruit salad. If the syrup is light, you can use it to make drinks with.

    I've canned cherry pie filling. I believe that pie filling is no longer recommended as safe. At any rate, if I canned it with my regular pie recipe, it separated. If i used the special corn starch that wouldn't separate, it tasted like commercial pie filling, and I don't want that. I liked my pies better if I canned the cherries plain and then used the canned cherries to make pie with.

    My family eats a lot of dried fruit, and cherries dry well.

    Cherries can also be made into fruit sauce for roasted meats, or into chutney.

    What you do with them depends a lot upon what type of cherries they are. Are they sweet cherries or pie cherries?
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    You can dry them , you can freeze them , you can can / jar them , you can make them into jam or jelly or syrup , they should stay freash for a little while so you can have them in salads , breads , cakes /cupcakes , maranades for stakes , the possibilites are endless. I hope you have a good time with them mmmm and you can turn them into cherry ice cream.
  7. NYboy

    NYboy Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    White plains
    I love cherries, they are just now showing up in supermarkets here. $5.99 a pound, price wll come down a liitle more into season. Enjoy !!
  8. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Songster

    Jul 8, 2010
    If you have eggs too you can make Clafoutis - It's like a yummy cherry custard! We made that when we had an excess of cherries last summer!! Boy are they good!
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Oh, dry them. They'll last a year, take up minimal space, and when you're making muffins or granola you just grab a handful, rough chop them and throw them in. They're like little bursts of cherry flavored sugar by that point!
  10. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    what?? extra eggs?? never....[​IMG]

    (yes always)...

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