Oh no. You can do a lot more than just that with a whole (5 kilo) box of cherries.
I meant to take photos of each of the different things we did, with quantities. But, you know. Life.
Anyway, this is what we did.
- Just eat them. On their own, as they are. From a bowl if you choose. So very delicious.
- Cook with them. Malcolm made the most delicious cherry tarts – 1 large, 4 small. We ate some, gave some away, and some is still in the freezer. Just scrumptious. He’s really got that recipe cracked (one he found in a magazine years ago and has worked with ever since). One of his culinary party pieces. Then there was the clafoutis – another party piece, and completely delicious.
- Bottle them. I did this with one kilo. It produced two jars of cherries, one large and one small. Unfortunately at least one of the jars didn’t ‘take’ – the lid wasn’t successfully sealed, so they are stored in the fridge for now. They’ll keep well enough there, but I need to get on top of this bottling lark for next year.
- Make cherry brandy. I did this too. Only a very small amount, to see if we like it. (Though what’s not to like? I assume we’ll drink the sweet flavoured brandy, and eat the cherries with cream or yoghurt or some such). I’ll hang on to those until Christmas at least before we try them.
- Stew them and freeze them. Again, a small quantity this time around. Actually my plan was to make conserve, but life got in the way and I didn’t get round to it. Next year. Especially as the plan was to avoid needing to use the freezer.
- Dehydrate them. This was Malcolm’s thing. They took longer than we expected to dry. They are now stored ready to use though the winter. Not surprisingly, they are very sweet. He enjoys them with muesli.