It's the pits!

berrybusyJuly 1, 2012

Just back from picking 8 ice cream pails of tart cherries. (around 40-45 lbs)

Also, found a tree with darker colored cherries in one of the rows, so about two of the pails came from that tree, turns out it's some fancier variety, Balaton, supposedly deeper, richer flavor. Yay! The orchard keeper said keep those out for something special or mix them in to deepen the cherry flavor.

But of course, now that the cherries are picked, the REAL fun begins... ain't it the pits? ;o)

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bcskye

You are so lucky! Use to use an old fashioned hairpin - the ones that are open, but now have a cherry pitter. Just wish I could get the cherries now. It would be worth pitting them either way.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 10:19PM
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missemerald(7 (Virginia))

Awesome! My family picked tart cherries two weeks ago-- about 20 pounds, I think. A cherry pitter is a must! We canned jam and pie filling, and a really nice pie. YUM!!! (have fun :) )

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 8:40AM
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berrybusy

so...the almost final results are in

7 half pints cherry jam
6 half pints cherry jelly
5 half pints cherry relish
4 pints spiced/pickled cherries
13 pints cherry pie filling - yum
21 quarts cherry drink
Dried:
some "candied" cherries - really sweet plump and a s-t-i-c-k-y mess
cherry "raisins" (much better, wish I could do more!) ended up with about 2-3 cups once dry

prepped juice is still waiting in the fridge for cherry obsession jelly and cherry syrup, but as temps soared into the 100's and I don't have AC... will wait and see

oh...and cherries frozen for a fresh cherry pie ... after it cools down slightly!

    Bookmark   July 5, 2012 at 8:37AM
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springschel

We get tart cherries from our CSA. I simply divide them and freeze them, we love eating them all winter long, just as they are. I freeze them in different size bags ranging from single serving, to enough for a pie ;)

Our favorite ways to enjoy them are 1) on top of yogurt and 2) in a fresh baked pie.

Enjoy your cherries!

- Michele

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 12:42PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Wow berry has been very busy! :) Hope you didn't get carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow from using the pitter.

Dave

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 1:51PM
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gardengalrn(5KS)

Berrybusy, could you tell me the recipe you used for the pie filling? I've got to finish up with these tart cherries too.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2014 at 4:37AM
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