Cherry Season

In the Northwest, cherry season comes in July. Here in Spokane, we have a Cherry Festival that features a 5K race through the orchards, live music and craft fair. The best part is picking the cherries. I always get carried away and pick more than we can eat before they go bad. So in the past few years I've been freezing them. Frozen cherries are great for adding to pies, cobblers, smoothies and milkshakes. Or just to eat!

Freezing Cherries

Tools Needed
Sheet pan (Fat Daddio's SP-Half)
Silicone baking mat (Fat Daddio's SM-Half)
Gallon size freezer bags
Cherry Pitter

  1. Wash and drain cherries. Pat dry or use a salad spinner.
  2. Remove pits. You may need to rinse again. Be sure they are dry.
  3. Line sheet pan with silicone baking mat.
  4. Arrange cherries in a single layer on the baking mat.
  5. Flash freeze for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from freezer and place in plastic bag.

Need some cherry inspiration? Check our our Cherry Pie recipe.