Cherries are full of great stuff including the ability to enjoy great tasting tea, heating your home and more. Check out this great infographic on 6 Things You Can Do With Fresh Cherries. All of these ideas you can do right in your own kitchen.
#1: Make cherry stem tea:
Enjoying a warm glass of tea is a great way to relax in the evening. It's simple to make and enjoy. Place the dried cherry stems into boiling water for about 12 minutes. Remove the stems and enjoy the tea. In fact, starting next cherry harvest, we'll be offering bulk cherry stems delivered to your door.
#2: Frozen cherries:
Wash the cherries, remove the pit and then stem and then place 20 - 30 fresh cherries in freeze bag and place in the freezer. They make great additions to smoothies, desserts or straight from the bag. Best of all you'll be able to enjoy whole cherries year round.
#3: Dried Cherries:
If you want a great tasting snack, you can dried cherries in your oven. Heat the oven to 200 degree and place fresh cherries on a cookie sheet. Bake for 8 hours and remove. They will be moist and tasty.
#4: Heat Your Home:
After you remove the pit of the cherry save them. The reason is cherry pits
make a great renewable heating source and product a lot of heat. Each pound of cherry pits produce approximately 9500 BTU's. If you have pellet stove, try burning cherries. In fact, we offer bulk cherries for pellets stoves, however with increasing demand year-after-year they are usually sold out but Mid-October. The reason they sell out so fast is the amount of cherry pits are dependent on the total harvest of the cherries in any given year. When they sell out, they are sold out and we have to wait until next year to have additional inventory. We are currently sold out for this year.
#5: As a Flavor Enhancer:
Cherries make an excellent addition to almost any recipe. Also, the flavor of cherries ranks among the top flavors and is the favorite flavor of many people. Tossing whole cherries over a bowl of ice cream or adding them to your favorite cocktail helps to make any almost any recipe more enjoyable.
#6: Cherry Juice:
To make your own cherry juice, you'll need a couple handfuls of fresh cherries. After you remove the pit and stem, place them into a blender. Fill the remaining of the blender with water. Toss in a vitamin C tablet to help prevent discoloration and make the drink a little less tart. Blend until smooth and then pour through a fine-mesh strainer to remove the pulp. Enjoy!