This week is cherry week. Cherries (especially sour cherries) have a short harvest window and can be easily damaged by too much rain so you need to get them when you can. This week we have cherries in the bag and Montmorency red sour cherries as the Fruit Subscription.
THE BEST WAY TO PIT CHERRIES!
This video from Sunset Magazine shows the best way to put cherries. Simply put them on a tray, cover with wax paper or plastic wrap, lightly hit with a mallet or pan or some heavy-ish thing and then pop out the pits.
Cherry Recipe Suggestions
Tart Cherry Beverages
Cherry Vodka: Wash and de-stem cherries, cut at slit in the bottom of each. Fill a jar with the cherries and then fill with vodka. Store in a cool dark place for a month.
Cherry Bourbon: Wash and de-stem cherries, cut at slit in the bottom of each. Fill a jar with the cherries and then fill with bourbon. Store in refrigerator for 4 days and shake daily.
Sour Cherry Vinaigrette
Blend and then store in the refrigerator. You’ll need: ½ cup pitted sour cherries, 1 tbsp honey*, 1 tbsp mustard, 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar*, ½ c canola or sunflower oil*
*Items sold in The Pantry
Freeze Cherries for Later Use
Wash, pit, stick in freezer. You really don’t need to blanch unless you want to store for months.
Make Julia Child’s Cherry Clafouti
If you don’t have the time to pit cherries and make crust then this is the dessert for you! All you need is milk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, salt, flour, and cherries.
This Week’s Field Goods Favorite
Usually cooked and sweetened, or often marinated in liquor…pit, drop in a jar with vodka, wait a few weeks (or as long as you can) then eat, drink, and be merry. More info