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?
The great news is that you can preserve your cherries by freezing them. It is a little time consuming but this is mainly due to the fact that you need to pit them. There will be some who claims you can avoid pitting them and do it later. But why go to the effort of freezing your cherries when you then have to do further prep when they eventually thaw out. So before we take a look at freezing your cherries, let’s start with pitting them.
Use the table of contents below to navigate through this article to answer some of the most common questions people have when it comes to freezing cherries:
How to Freeze Cherries
Now that you’ve got a pile of cherries without their pips in front of you, it’s time to look at freezing them:
- 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.
- 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 they are completely frozen solid. If you can wait overnight that would be even better.
- Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them from the tray into an airtight container or ziplock bag.
- Return them to the freezer and you can use as and when you want.
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.
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 then 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.
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.
Other Questions about Cherries
Below are a few of the other common questions we have come across when it comes to cherries – some related to freezing and some not. If you’re still sat there with a question or two about cherries then drop a comment at the bottom of this article and we’ll aim to help out as much as possible.
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, just take it out of the freezer and remove the layers 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.
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.