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How To Freeze Cherries

Someone please explain to me how it is exactly that it’s already August and summer will soon be a distant memory I’ll fondly look back on as I watch snow fall. This summer has gone by way too fast, and somehow every winter seems to drag and drag on.

It’s also been a bit of an odd summer weather wise. With only one ninety degree day and tons of rain, I feel like I haven’t had ample opportunity to enjoy the summer so far. We’ve barely even had to run our sprinklers. That has never happened before.

How To Freeze Cherries

I have been enjoying as much of the summer produce as possible. Between the farmers’ market and multiple grocery store trips each week, the refrigerator and fruit bowls are always well stocked. Peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, blueberries, tomatoes, corn, herbs, fresh garlic, peas, string beans, and more fill my house and tummy.

Just like I never want to say good bye to summer weather, I also don’t want to say good bye to summer produce. Luckily, I don’t have to!

How To Freeze Cherries

Don’t get me wrong, there’s no canning or jarring going on in my house. I’m way too much of a worrier for that. No time for botulism around here! No thank you!

So, I turn to my trusty freezer. It’s already stocked with cherries, as they are the first summer fruit to vanish without notice. Blueberries, peaches, and corn are soon to follow. It’s shockingly easy to freeze cherries. Plus, they’ll last in the freezer until next cherry season rolls around. You can thaw them at room temperature for a bit or in the microwave to make them soft and easy to eat. They also make great “ice cubes” in a glass of champagne. I guess, summer doesn’t have to end after all.

How To Freeze Cherries

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Comments

  1. Amanda says:

    I, by accident, put a bag of cherries in the freezer after hurriedly putting the groceries away. We found them yesterday and the kids devoured the frozen bag. I think that I may need to actually freeze them like this – since they were such a hit.

    • Laura says:

      For sure, Amanda! Then you can have them all winter long – as long as you don’t eat them right away. It’s hard to resist!

  2. Renee says:

    The cherries have been so wonderful this year. I have to stock up and freeze some to enjoy later.

  3. Stacy says:

    I think cherries are the one summer fruit I look most forward to, Laura! I like the idea of chilling a glass of Champagne with a frozen cherry! Pretty as well as functional. :)

  4. Liz says:

    I’d love to have a freezer full of cherries to eat/bake with in the middle of the winter!!!

  5. ahu says:

    What a great idea for a truly ephemeral fruit! I also love freezing fruit and using them as ice cubes – they don’t dilute, look beautiful and you have a snack at the end! :)

  6. Hezzi-D says:

    I’ve been buying cherries like crazy and didn’t know you could freeze them! Very excited to try this.

  7. Joanne says:

    It is crazy how fast time is flying! And oh I must get to freezing some cherries before it is too late!

  8. I love cherries! This year wasn’t a good year for cherries for us. I love the idea of freezing them! Then I can have these little darlings all year! Great idea!

    • Laura says:

      Really – not a good cherry year? We’ve had amazing Michigan ones and even better California and Washington ones.

  9. I know what you mean about how could it be August – my older two are going back to college and I can’t believe summer is over.
    How did I not know that you could freeze cherries – I am a total Cherry Addict!

  10. I missed out on cherry picking due to work, I love cherries, this is a wonderful idea! I got booked mark so I can do it when I go cherry picking next year!

    • Laura says:

      So awesome that you usually go cherry picking! I always just buy them at the store and farmers’ market. They’ve been stellar this year.

  11. Tara says:

    I adore my freezer for so many things but I have to admit I have never frozen cherries, thank you so much for this post!!

  12. I love frozen cherries – they are so versatile. This method is so easy, I’ll have to give it a try!

  13. Shaina says:

    I love using frozen cherries to make smoothies. This is such a great way to preserve these little summer gems!

  14. Because cherries are only around for a few weeks, it is definitely a must to save some for the colder months!

  15. This is a fantastic idea! I didn’t know you could freeze them whole!

  16. I had no idea this was so easy to do! I love cherries, and would love to be able to enjoy them year-round!!

  17. Katy says:

    Freezing cherries is such a good idea – saving a summer treat for classy drinks or snacks!

  18. I love this idea—I’d been doing it with grapes all along and it never occurred to me to do this with an overflow of summer cherries!

  19. Sarah says:

    I so hear you – if I had freezer space I probably wouldn’t can either

  20. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and the season is much too short. This is a great way to enjoy them throughout the year!

  21. Kimberly says:

    The hubby and I love cherries and are really sad when they’re gone after summer … what a great way to keep some summer flavor around for the winter!

    Have you ever tried pitting the cherries before freezing them? Curious whether that would work!

    • Laura says:

      I haven’t tried pitting before freezing because it’s so much work and so messy. I just eat them and don’t bake with them once they are frozen, but I don’t see why it would be an issue to pit them first.

  22. shobelyn says:

    Thank you for this information. Found your site at Foodfotogallery and I am glad because there are so many good things from you.

  23. Debbie Eccard says:

    Great idea. I think to freeze blueberries and other berries but never thought to freeze cherries. Thanks Laura…

  24. Monet says:

    It is hard to believe fall is quickly approaching! What a great way to hold onto summer’s goodness!

  25. What a great idea! We buy frozen cherries all the time for smoothies, and they’re SO expensive! No more!

  26. I need to stock up on cherries so I have always have them on hand – this will help for sure!

  27. I know! I cannot think of summer ending, its been such a beaut.
    We have sept still and sept is always nice and warm. Let’s not get sad.

  28. We love cherries at my house. I’m working on getting more so I can put some away for the rest of the year before my boys eat them all again.

  29. I love to eat fruit in the frozen state, especially on a hot day!

  30. Muna Kenny says:

    This summer we were blessed with very sweet and juicy cherries, I’d freeze them and use them all winter for sure!

  31. Alice says:

    Im having some freezer jealousy issues! mines too full now to do such a thing! love it!

  32. I love your idea of using frozen cherries as ice cubes. Yum!

  33. Good tips here, I’ve frozen some cherries too this year.

  34. Such a great way to enjoy them all winter long!

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