Great tips on how to freeze cherries individually and prevent them from becoming one big frozen mass in the freezer! Individually frozen cherries are perfect for smoothies or snacking. Affiliate links below.
To continue on from yesterday’s post about how to pit cherries, I wanted to also share how to freeze cherries. Freezing cherries retains both the nutrition and flavor of fruit, and is a great way to enjoy snacking on these yummy fruits long after the cherry season has passed.
Step 1: Wash your cherries in cold water. I like to soak mine in a veggie wash. (My wife purchases the Young Living Thieves Fruit and Veggie Soak, we swear by it. Contact her for more information.)
Step 2: Remove the stems and pit. Refer back to my super simple method for how to pit cherries.
Step 3: Lay all of the cherries in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop them into the freezer for 6-8 hours, until frozen thoroughly.
Step 4: Toss the frozen cherries into a large plastic bag, or my favorite- these stackable plastic containers (seriously, we use these for everything from cookies to soup). Return the cherries back to the freezer and enjoy as you wish.
Cherries will keep in the freezer for 6 months, or up to a year in a deep freezer. I froze approximately 55-60 cherries and that yielded one-quart size bag of frozen cherries; they just barely all fit inside my tall plastic container.
This is my favorite method for how to freeze cherries. Of course, if you are only planning to use the frozen cherries for smoothies and don’t need them to be frozen individually, then you can just toss a few inside of smaller plastic bags to freeze together. I like the individually frozen method because there is no need to wait for them to thaw to use and you don’t have to deal with the excess juice that goes along with thawing.