Cherries are small, round, stone fruits that are typically red or dark purple in color, depending on the variety. They grow on cherry trees (Prunus spp.), which are part of the Rosaceae family. Cherries are known for their sweet and tart taste, and come in numerous varieties, with sweet cherries (Prunus avium) and sour cherries (Prunus cerasus) being the most common. Cherries are popular in many culinary dishes, from sweet desserts such as pies, cobblers, and preserves, to savory dishes that incorporate the fruit's bright flavor to complement meats or salads. Additionally, cherries are rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients, making them a healthful addition to one's diet.
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Cherries FAQ
Cherries are a delightful ingredient in the world of cooking, shining both in desserts and savory dishes. While they are usually eaten fresh or baked into pies or tarts, cherries are also great for making jams, sauces or used in salad dressing due to their sweet-tart flavor. However, cooking with cherries can bring forth many questions, typically revolving around pitting, sweet versus sour cherries, and how to balance their flavor. Many run into trouble while trying to pit cherries without a pitter, often resulting in squashy cherries. The trick here is to use a straw or chopstick to push out the pit through the cherry, making sure to do it over a bowl to catch the juice. Another common issue is understanding whether to use sweet or sour cherries for a recipe. It largely depends on the recipe and your palate. Sweet cherries are best eaten fresh or used for desserts, while sour cherries are generally preferred for cooking savory dishes and pie fillings. Knowing how to balance cherry's flavor can be tricky too. For very sweet or ripe cherries, adding a bit of lemon juice can balance out the sweetness. Here are some lesser-known tips: When buying fresh cherries, look for ones with their stems still attached, as they will last longer. For a quick way to stem and pit cherries for cooking, place them on top of an empty beer bottle, then use a chopstick to push the stem and pit into the bottle.
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Can I use frozen cherries instead of fresh in recipes?
How can I quickly stem and pit cherries for cooking?
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Can I use cherry juice in cooking?
Is it safe to eat the cherry pits?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does cherries expire?
Unopened and stored in a refrigerator, cherries can maintain their freshness for up to 10 days. If left at room temperature, they will likely only stay fresh for 2-3 days. Once the bag is opened, it's best to consume your cherries within a week. Frozen cherries can last up to a year if properly packaged and kept at a constant freezing temperature. However, the quality may start to degrade after 6 months.
How do you tell if cherries is bad?
If your cherries have become soft, shriveled, or have dark spots, mold grown or a fermentation smell, then they have probably gone bad. An overly soft or mushy texture can be another indicator that cherries are past their prime. If you find any signs of decay, it's best to discard the entire batch to prevent potential foodborne illness.
Tips for storing cherries to extend shelf life
• Store your cherries in the refrigerator to prolong their shelf life. The crisper drawer is a great place for them. • Do not wash cherries until you're ready to use them. Washing can introduce moisture, which can accelerate spoilage. • If you want to extend the life of your cherries even further, you can freeze them. Simply wash, pit, and freeze them on a baking sheet before transferring to a freezer-safe bag. • Avoid storing cherries near strong-smelling foods. The fruit can absorb odors, which can affect its taste.
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