Can You Freeze Cherries?

Cherries are delicious, especially if you can get fresh local cherries. The main problem is that the season is incredibly short so aren’t around for that long. That’s why you need to ask yourself: Can you freeze cherries?

Cherries can be frozen for up to 6 months. To freeze cherries, it’s vital that you freeze cherries on a baking tray before bagging them up to avoid them clumping together.

Can You Refreeze Cherries? No

Do Cherries Freeze Well? Yes

How to Freeze Cherries

The first step you need to take before freezing cherries is to remove the pips. You’ll never want to eat them with the stone, so you may as well get it removed now.

Now that you’ve got a pile of cherries without their pips in front of you, it’s time to look at freezing them:

  1. Wash
    The first step has to be to wash them. Just tip them into a colander and run under cold water giving them a good shake. Pat them dry. You want to make sure they’re as dry as possible before freezing them.
  2. Flash Freeze
    Line a rimmed baking tray with greaseproof paper, and then spread your cherries out on it. Try and leave spaces between your cherries – inevitably, when you move the tray to the freezer, some cherries will end up moving and then touching.

    But try and keep them as apart as possible. Place the tray in the freezer for several hours until the cherries are completely frozen solid.
  3. Bag Up
    Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them from the tray into an airtight container or ziplock bag.
  4. Final Freeze
    Return them to the freezer, and you can use them as and when you want.

3 Tips for Freezing Cherries

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing cherries to have the best results:

Flash Freezing is Vital
By giving cherries a quick blast in the freezer on a tray, you can prevent them from sticking together in one clump. This makes it far easier to grab what you need when you need them.

Try Freezing with Other Berries
If you plan on using frozen cherries in a smoothie or for breakfast, then try freezing with a mix of other berries. All other berries will freeze well, including strawberries, blueberries and blackberries. 

Use from Frozen
If you are making a smoothie, then use the cherries from frozen. They’ll keep your smoothie nice and cool.

How Long Can You Freeze Cherries?

Frozen cherries will be good to consume from the freezer for a good 6 months. The whole reason for freezing is to extend the life of the cherries.

Generally speaking, cherries in the fridge will only last for 4 to 5 days, so freezing can extend their life hugely.

As always, make sure you label your cherries with the date they need to be consumed, so they don’t go bad and ultimately go to waste.

You Can Freeze Cherries for up to 6 Months

How Do You Defrost Cherries?

This depends on how you plan on using them. If you’re going to throw them in a smoothie or plan on cooking them in a pan to create a sauce or jam, then you don’t even need to defrost them.

If, however, you plan on using them in a cake, then it would be a good idea to defrost your cherries.

If you cook them in a cake batter from frozen, they’ll release a lot of moisture which can cause your cake to become quite stodgy and dense. Just place your cherries in a bowl in the fridge and leave to thaw slowly overnight.

You can also try eating them straight from the freezer. They’re effectively round, bite-sized, natural ice lollies.

Can You Refreeze Cherries? 

We would avoid refreezing cherries. It can draw too much moisture out from them, and with that moisture loss, you will also lose flavour.

Instead, try to freeze them in a way that allows you to easily grab a handful of cherries at a time to avoid the need for refreezing at all.

Do Cherries Freeze Well?

You’ll be hard pushed to tell the difference between fresh and frozen cherries. After an extended period of time, there’s a small chance that the texture of a frozen cherry will change when compared to its fresh version, so try and consume them within that 6-month window.

For that reason, we’d say cherries (along with other soft fruits) do actually freeze pretty well.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing cherries or cherries in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Cherry Pie?

Freezing cherry pie is easy. Once baked (and always bake it before freezing), allow it to cool to room temperature.

Once frozen, wrap the pie, leaving it in the dish you baked it in, in foil following by a layer of cling film. Then carefully place it in the freezer. When you want to bake it, take it out of the freezer, remove the layers, and then bake.

You can also freeze cherry pie filling on its own. All you need to do is tip it into a freezer bag and freeze it.

Can You Freeze Cherry Clafoutis?

Freezing cherry clafoutis works in the same way as freezing cherry pies. Just allow it to cool, wrap it and stick it in the freezer.

Can You Freeze Cherry Bakewells?

You can… Sort of.

Unfortunately, when royal icing is frozen and then thawed, it can turn quite sticky and lose its original texture. That’s why your best bet is to freeze your cherry bakewell without the icing.

You can then thaw it out and ice it afterwards. This will give you the best post-freezer result.

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