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Drying Cherries? Is that a thing ?

 
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Well this year we have lots of sweet cherrys and I am wondering about drying them . Any one tried this ? Did you take the stones out ? Was it worth it ?
 
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YES!

Pit them. Put them single layer in a dehydrator. Candy! Store them in an airtight container.

Pit them. Put them in your Vitamix, pour/slather it on a teflex sheet. Fruit leather. Store it in an airtight container.

Flavor some neutral spirits with them.

These methods are not drying but worth mentioning?

Pit them. Put them in a single layer in the freezer. Then store them air tight.

Ferment them. Sugar, water, whey and a little time on your counter/fridge. Yum!

Preserves, jams.

 
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Yep people do it, and charge lot of money for them

For example $9 for this



So pull out those pits and dry as many as you can. Those cherries are better dried than doing nothing with them. Winter will be much better with some dried cherries in it.
 
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I make a lot of "cakes" based on muffin recipes (because muffin recipes generally have half the sugar of a cake recipe). Any time the recipe calls for a dried fruit I don't grow and dry myself, I substitute one I have dried. Dried cherries are awesome. I use them in Christmas baking which calls for maraschino cherries which I've never liked and are full of yucky stuff. I also put atypical dried fruit in bread recipes, so instead of raisin bread as a treat, I have dried apple bread or dried fig bread.

Unfortunately, the squirrels tend to get all my cherries.
 
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wow this is very interesting! I wonder if you eat them just like that after drying them or you can put them in cakes or other sweets???
 
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Meant to mention - I got a cheap Thrift store cherry pitter which does the job if there aren't too many, but I find when home-drying things like cherries or grapes, the easiest way is to cut the fruit in half and put it skin-side-down on the trays, so if you don't have a pitter, try that.
 
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Or leave the knife in the drawer...

 
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I use Bexar Prepper's method for pitting cherries:



(I use a stainless straw)
 
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I drying cherries every year, my wife uses them for baking in the winter. We are pitting cherries fast with a paper clip...
 
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S Tonin wrote:I use Bexar Prepper's method for pitting cherries:



Bexar is awesome, she has some great videos about common sense homestead things.
 
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Cherries were one of the first items we used on our dehydrator.
 
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Can you dehydrate pie cherries?  They have a lot more juice.
 
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