It’s cherry season in Recycla’s home state of Virginia. While she loves apples, which are Virginia’s state fruit, cherries are her favorite fruit of all. Thus, for the next few weeks, she’ll be buying lots and lots of cherries and doing all sorts of fun things with them, in addition to just standing at the kitchen sink and eating them straight up.
To start with, Recycla will be freezing cherries for the cold months. Her breakfast of choice in January is oatmeal with cherries, but she has other uses in mind for all that sweet delicious fruit.
Freezing cherries is super easy:
- Wash the fruit
- Pit the cherries using a tool like this one.
- Afterward, cut each cherry in half, to make sure no pits snuck by you.
- Put the cherries in a freezer-safe container and stick them in the freezer.
One thing to be aware of is that cherry juice stains, so wear an apron or old clothes when you’re working. Recycla’s hands usually look like Lady MacBeth’s when she’s done working on a pound of cherries and her kitchen counters are a red hot mess. But the extra scrubbing is worth it when Recycla makes cherry almond crisp or dark chocolate and cherry brownies. Drool…
Tell the Eco Women: What is your favorite way to eat cherries?