Cherry Picking, Cherry Storing

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2009

n Choose cherries that are shiny, plump and firm. Their skins should not be broken and the stems intact, which helps to prolong shelf life. White spots on cherries are signs of mold and should be avoided.

* Store unwashed cherries in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to four days. Rinse cherries just before eating; for best flavor, bring cherries to room temperature before eating.

* To freeze cherries, rinse, remove stems and pits and set out on paper toweling for 10 minutes. (Cherries may also be frozen with their pits.) Lay cherries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 45 minutes, before freezing. (Chilled fruit will freeze faster and helps to prevent freezer burn by minimizing damage to the fruit's cell structure.) Once cherries are frozen, place in plastic bags or freezer containers. Store frozen cherries for up to 1 year.

* 1 pound fresh unpitted cherries = about 80 cherries

* 1 pound fresh unpitted cherries = 2-1/3 cups pitted

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