How To Freeze Cherries

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When you learn how simple it is to freeze cherries, you will be excited that you can continue to enjoy this special fruit into the off-season. Freezing cherries really is a quick and easy process. Plus, by freezing them, it retains the nutrition and flavor of the fruit

bag of sage cherries with frozen cherries in produce dish

This post is sponsored by Sage Fruit.

A great way to save money and also be able to enjoy cherries all year round is to freeze them. There is a little bit of labor involved in pitting the cherries, but if you get the kids involved, it makes the work go a little faster.

Frozen cherries are not only good to have on hand for all of your favorite recipes, but they are the perfect snack all on their own too.

Related: Cherry Recipes

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Why freeze cherries?

There’s a variety of reasons why you should freeze cherries:

  • Reducing waste and won’t spoil so that you use the amount of cherries that you need!
  • When you purchase fresh cherries and then freeze them, you are preserving the flavor and taste.
  • Whenever you freeze any produce, you are preserving the vitamins and nutrients during their peak season.
  • Cherries are great for a variety of recipes.

Related: Pickled Cherries

What You’ll Need to Prepare to Freeze Cherries

overhead shot of sage cherries in bag, ziploc bag and cherry pitter

You’ll need a few things:

  1. Sage Fruit Cherries
  2. Cherry Pitter
  3. Freezer Ziploc bag (or other container that’s freezer safe)
  4. Strainer

How to Freeze Cherries

Freezing cherries is super simple. And once you get in a rhythm, the pitting goes by fast.

First, you want to remove the stem from the cherries.

shot of cherries sitting in cherry pitter

Next, pit your cherries. We bought this tool on Amazon to make life a little easier. It allows you to pit multiple cherries at a time, instead of doing them one at a time!

frozen cherries on baking sheet with bag of sage cherries

Once your cherries are pitted, rinse them under cold water. Place them on a baking sheet and using a paper towel, dry the cherries the best you can before placing into the freezer for about an hour. This step prevents the cherries from sticking to one another in the freezer bag.

bag of sage cherries and bag of frozen cherries

Now that the cherries are hardened, place them into an airtight container or a freezer Ziploc bag. Then, place them in the freezer for at least 12 hours. You want to make sure that they completely freeze.

close up of frozen cherries in container with bag of sage cherries in the background

How long do frozen cherries last?

When stored properly, cherries will last in the freezer for up to 12 months. All this means is that when you buy enough cherries and freeze them, you’ll be able to enjoy them all year round.

close up vertical shot of cherries that have been frozen

How to Defrost Frozen Cherries

Depending on the cherry recipe you are going to make, the cherries may not need to be defrosted. Such recipes would be slushies, ice cream and smoothies. However, some recipes will call for you to defrost the cherries. Do this, place the cherries you want to use in the refrigerator for a few hours to thaw out.

If you need to make this process go a little faster, you can place a bag of cherries in a bowl of lukewarm water for about 15-20 minutes. This will speed up the defrosting process.

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Below our team shows you how easy it is to freeze cherries!

Cherry Recipes

Alright now that the cherries have been pitted and frozen, here’s a few of our favorite cherry recipes to enjoy!

  • Homemade Cherry Limeade – a great family friendly drink the kids will love!
  • Whipped Cherry Goat Cheese – if you are entertaining friends, lay this out for everyone to enjoy!
  • Cherry & Pork Skewers with Cherry Rosemary Sauce – a great way to get out of your food rut for dinner, packed full of cherry flavor!
  • Cherry Vinaigrette – looking for a different dressing for your salad? This is it!
  • Cherry & Lime Slushie – get the kids in the kitchen to make themselves a fun summertime snack.
  • Cherry-Cranberry Sauce – if you still have frozen cherries left around the holidays, this sauce is one that appears on our Thanksgiving table every year and a must have.

Why We Love Cherries from Sage Fruit

The Pacific Northwest Cherry Season lasts from early June until August. During those summer months, Sage Fruit packs both Dark Sweet and Rainier cherries. The first bloom on cherry trees typically occurs in early spring, and the first fruit is harvested at the beginning of June.

The Sage Fruit growing regions are dispersed throughout Washington and Oregon. Small differences in microclimate allow cherries throughout those regions to ripen at different times during the season. This ensures that you can enjoy these tasty treats all summer long!

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About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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