Are you wanting to learn how to freeze fresh cherries? – In this post, I’ll teach you exactly how to do just that!
Fresh cherries are incredible, they can be used in a host of different recipes and are sooo tasty.
However, like most fresh fruits they go off quickly. So freezing them is a great way to preserve them if you’ve bought a large batch that you’re just not quite able to finish in time.
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Cherries
Following the methods below your cherries will stay great tasting for between six to twelve months from the date they are frozen.
Start by washing the cherries in cold water. I like to do this by putting them in a colendar and running the tap over them.
Then you’ll want to pat them dry using a clean dish towel.
Once all your cherries are washed and stem and pit free you can begin freezing them. Start by lining the cherries out on a baking tray covered in wax paper – if you don’t use wax paper the cherries will stick to the bottom of the baking tray.
You’ll want to make sure the cherries aren’t touching one and other to minimise clumping.
Once the cherries are on the tray you’ll want to place it into the freezer.
Leave the cherries like this in the freezer until they are frozen – this can take anything from 3 to 6 hours depending on the settings you have your freezer on, and the number of items in your freezer at the time.
Once the cherries are fully frozen remove the baking tray from the freezer and transfer the cherries into a zip lock bag or an airtight container.
Label the bag or container with the contents and the date in which the item was frozen.
Don’t forget if you’re freezing your cherries and plan to use them in a smoothie you can blend them prior to freezing, pour the blended cherries into an ice cube tray and freeze.
Once flash frozen move them into a container or bag and label as normal.
Then you can simply add the small cube of cherries to your smoothie as desired.
How To Defrost Frozen Fresh Cherries
There’s a number of different ways to defrost cherries. However, some recipes can use frozen cherries instead – be sure to check in advance to save you a step!
If you’re short on time you can defrost your fresh frozen cherries in the microwave.
Put one cup in a bowl and set the microwave to the defrost setting. Check on the cherries every minute to see if they are defrosted.
If you need more than one cup repeat the process until you have the number of fresh cherries you require.
Alternatively, you can thaw out fresh cherries by leaving them out on the kitchen side for between 3 to 12 hours (depending on the temperature of your home)
If you opt for this method be sure to put a plate or a towel under the cherries to absorb the loose moisture.
Finally, you can opt for moving your container or bag of cherries from the freezer to the fridge where they can be left to defrost overnight (or for around 12 to 18 hours)
Again you’ll want to put a towel or a dish under the thawing cherries to prevent the moisture from going onto other foods and your fridge and creating a mess – I speak from experience!