Wash, Drain, Freeze: Storing Cherries
Cherries keep well in the fridge for about 2 days. If you have fresh cherries that you want to preserve longer by freezing them, follow these steps:
- Fill your sink with water and add the cherries. Gently wash the cherries. This will rid the cherries of worms and debris.
- Then drain the cherries and remove the stems. The fruit should not be frozen with residual water.
- You have the option of pitting the cherries. But even with stone, you can easily freeze.
- To prevent the cherries from freezing to pieces, you can place them in the freezer on a plate or baking sheet for a few hours. Arrange the cherries so that the fruits do not touch each other.
- After at least 4 hours, you can freeze the cherries by placing them in an appropriate container, such as a freezer bag.
- Cherries will keep in the freezer for about 8 to 12 months.
- To thaw fruit, you can take the cherries out of the freezer at night one day before you are going to use them and let them thaw overnight. If you want to treat them warm, like in a pie or to thicken cherries, you can also store them at room temperature for about 3 hours beforehand.