How to Freeze Cherries in 4 Simple Steps - The Produce Moms

As you know, Northwest Cherries, are considered “in season” during this time of year.  As you have likely realized, many fruits—cherries included—are available throughout the year thanks to the global farming & our ability to import crops from around the world.

However, there’s nothing like the flavor of Northwest Cherries!  Remember Northwest Cherries are grown in 5 states: Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho & Utah.  They are typically available in June, July & August (not long enough)!  You can stretch the season by freezing your fruit.  Freezing does not change the nutritional value of your fresh produce & if done properly, the flavor does not suffer either.  Fresh is always best, but oh my goodness… there is nothing like enjoying a Northwest Cherry in the middle of November! 🙂  Plus, I tend to do more baking during the winter months & cherries are probably my very favorite fruit to incorporate into desserts & baked goods.

It’s easy to freeze cherries.  Here are the steps:

  1. Rinse & Drain
  2. Spread them out in a single layer on a pan, place in freezer & freeze until firm.
  3. Pack slightly frozen fruit into freezer bags, remove ALL the air prior to sealing
  4. Freeze

How to freeze cherries

The USDA suggests that frozen fruit is good for up to 12 months if stored appropriately… so YES, you CAN enjoy Northwest Cherries all year long!

Remember: Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried & 100% Juice all counts!  More Matters!

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, GQ Magazine, Hallmark Channel as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.

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