Cherries are my favorite sweet and sour fruit and often freeze them in the freezer. Smothering cherries is an attempt to lock in their sour taste and nutrients. You don’t have to worry about losing nutrients because cherries are the perfect fruit to freeze with their stored nutrient levels. It’s the same as freezing kale, you don’t have to worry about nutrition and taste. Frozen cherries are good for a variety of dishes such as smoothies, crisps, pies and crumbles. Would you like to try freezing cherries? Check out how to freeze cherries below.
The method we teach you can be used to freeze sour or sweet cherries. When using it for various purposes in a frozen state, you don’t need to defrost it. You can freeze them easily in the freezer as easily as you can use them frozen without needing to defrost them. This is truly a method of maintaining a great summer mood.
Are Frozen Cherries Good for You?
Freezing cherries is the best food preservation method, it not only preserves the texture and taste but also locks in the nutrition of the cherries, and you can use it any time. Cherries are a fruit rich in antioxidants, and a variety of other nutrients.
Freezing them is storing all the nutrients until you are ready to use them. If we don’t freeze them, the cherries will rot and lose their nutrients, but by freezing them, we can use whatever we want even when the cherries no longer bear fruit. It is a wonderful experience to freeze cherries.
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Do you have to wash cherries before freezing them?
That’s right, whatever you will freeze, don’t forget to clean it first. So that any cherries that have been frozen can be used immediately without the need to wash or thaw them first. After washing them, you need to make sure that your cherries are dry and water-free, so that when freezing them, they don’t cause burns to the skin of the cherries.
Can I freeze cherries with pits?
Yeah right, you can do it with pits. However, you strongly recommend pitting before you mix the cherries. This is because you can consume cherries immediately after freezing them without melting them again. So pitting is great if you do it before freezing it. It will be fun in future cherry uses.
Pitting cherries is very important before freezing, because the real thing about consuming cherries is to peel the seeds. After freezing it, if you have done the pitting, it is easy for you to prepare various needs, without the need to peel it again. If you want to add it to your smoothie, you can just add the frozen cherries, no seeds, which you will blend in your smoothie. The seeds are suitable for avoiding because they contain cyanide. So lucky if you have done pitting before.
Teach me how you freeze cherries!
To freeze cherries, here are a few things you should do:
- Sip on the cherries. Clean your cherries, remove the stems if they are still there, and remove the seeds by drilling the cherries using a stick, drilling until the seeds pop out.
- Freeze the cherries, spread the cherries on your large baking sheet, spread one layer, put them in the freezer, they will freeze in just a few hours.
- Then transfer the cherries to the freezer container, if you are using a freezer bag, squeeze the air out, label the bag and have your cherries ready to store for your future use.
How do I store cherries in the freezer?
To store frozen cherries in the freezer, I usually use two methods. Use freezer bags and containers. This depends on how much space is in your freezer. Here’s how I store frozen cherries in the freezer.
1. Glass Food Storage Containers
Using a glass container like this is great and cherries store well, but it takes up a lot of space in your freezer. So reconsider if you want to use a glass storage container.
2. Glass Canning Jars
Glass jars are one way that is very easy for you to use. But don’t use jars that have necks and shoulders. Use a straight jar so it doesn’t take up much room. It’s also the same as using a glass can, both of which take up a lot of space in the freezer, but it satisfies you with the use or picking of the cherries you intend to use.
3. Zip-top Freezer Bags
This is using a freezer bag, of course it is very space saving. You can use many freezer bags to store large quantities of frozen cherries. However, this Zip top bag is only a one-time recommendation.
4. Vacuum Sealing Bags
This is a very safe and easy to use seal bag. In addition, a vacuum sealing bag is able to save as much space as you would using a zip top freezer. However, this bag also seems to be disposable. If you want to take a little or a handful of cherries during storage and then are about to seal again, this will be difficult for you. After opening it you will find it difficult to seal again. So, if you want to take a handful of cherries you should use Glass Food Storage Containers or use Glass Canning Jars.
How long do frozen cherries last in the freezer?
If you have frozen the cherries properly and store them according to the directions. Then the frozen cherries will last a long time. Cherries stored in these disposable containers (without opening or picking) can last up to 2-3 years. But it’s pretty good if you only store it within 12 months or 8 months.