Regards, Thanks for your comments. A serving of fruit and a serving of happiness. You can pit them, but you may find that the cherry becomes a bit “mushy” over time. I hope this answers your question. See you next Sunday. Yup. Add sugar and keep boiling until sugar dissolves. In fact it tastes like sweet cherry juice with a hint of vodka, minus the harsher alcohol taste of vodka “straight up”. Do they need to be refrigerated? The Chicken Chick Your email will NEVER be shared. CB. Hi Kat, Serve 3-4cherries in a liqueur glass with a toothpick. Both the vodka and gin cherries had a jarring, acrid, alcoholic bite, which failed to mesh with the cherry notes—but at least the cherry notes were there. As for the tequila cherries, the profound alcoholic burn was still there, but the aftertaste gave way to tequila’s sweeter notes. I ran out before this year’s cherries came in. Discard any bruised or blemished fruit. Cherries freeze really well, and you can use them throughout the year in smoothies, … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist! This looks lovely. This seems simpler than the limoncello I did a few months ago http://halitrax.com/2013/04/29/la-la-la-limoncello/ Hope I can get some cherries to try it soon! HI Farmmom, I filled a jar with those and of course the vodka. Cheers, Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Add cherries and all liquid to jar and seal, making sure cherries are covered by liquid (add a little more booze if too many look like they’re bobbing for air). It's that simple. CB. You got to give those babies at least 4 months to flavor the vodka. Regards, Preserving fruit with alcohol is easier than serious canning, with its macerating, simmering and sterilization of jars. In a clean, sterilised jar add the blueberries and the cooled sugar syrup. This sounds wonderful but I can’t get cherries this time of year. Oh my, the things you can do with fruit and vodka! So far, the strategy has worked with both cookout condiments and sundae toppers, so we took the same approach with our cherries. Your family & friends are going to love them! Oddly, the harsh is transferred to the cherries. They will still be firm and taste great long after 4 months. I shall be adding more fruit as it becomes available, Hi Arty, this makes sense. Well solutions abound. Morello Cherries in Syrup. Here are some easy ways to preserve cherries, including how to get cherries in bulk and equipment to process and preserve them – canning, dehydrating, freezing, recipes and more! CB. Hope you give it a try. Firmy pack as many cherries as you can into the jar without smashing up the fruit. This year I am in the midst of knitting a blanket and trying out a new sweater pattern and won’t have time to go that route, so this will be a fun change! Introducing hard liquor-infused cherries, a step up in both boozy content and DIY bragging rights. Spiked Cherries Recipe. Enjoy! Incredibly simple, brandied cherries are exactly what they sound like… cherries preserved in a sweetened alcoholic syrup the alcohol, of course, being brandy in this case. You gotta’ wait for the vodka and the sugars in the cherries to blend into a fantastic flavor. CB. Strain the cherries, and reserve the syrup. Hope to see you back. Preserving the harvest is a key component in self-sufficiency, and there are many ways to “preserve” aside from canning and freezing. Getting Your Backyard Flock Ready For Winter, http://www.herbanmomma.com/2013/08/wildcrafting-wednesday-8-7-13/, http://halitrax.com/2013/04/29/la-la-la-limoncello/, How To Make A Beehive:Building Honey Bee Boxes, Crescia - The Easter Bread from Le Marche, How To Make A Screened Bottom Board For Your Beehive, http://simply-living-simply.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/homesteadershop3.jpg. Alcohol-infused fruit has been around forever. Allow to cool. A local tree is dripping with fruit. CB. Very excited to try this at Christmas and give as gifts this year! Taking care not to bruise the flesh, pack the cherries and cinnamon in a sterilised 1.5 litre jar. Pour in enough alcohol (rum, brandy, whiskey or unflavored vodka) to cover, put on the lid, shake a few times, and wait. We pit the cherries, first and then process quarts of them in an extra light sugar syrup. ... CLAFOUTIS Use preserved Concord grapes in place of cherries. You can either: 1) Filter again – losing a little bit of your mixture in the process (and yes it does take a long time) 2) Let it be – and explain to people what it is. As well as resulting in a deliciously flavoured liqueur, the fruit can be fished out and is delicious with vanilla ice-cream, while the cherries can be used to make a wicked black forest gateaux or used as a fancy cocktail garnish. ➺ To make the syrup, add 3.75 cups of sugar to 8.25 cups of water and … I love the crispness of the cherries and the wonderful flavor the vodka takes ons. How to Preserve Cherries with Whiskey. Now, put it aside in your cantina or cold cellar and WAIT! Canning brandy cherries eliminates the alcohol potency due the processing time. http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com, Hi Kathy, Regards, In a pan heat the water and dissolve the sugar, stirring to prevent scorching. Pit the cherries but leave them whole. Store in a cool, dark place for 4-6 weeks, inverting the jar every few days. I never found a recipe. Glad to hear! CB, Thank you I’m making these for me and my friends and family thanx . Makes a delicious plum “wine”. I don’t refrigerate. As for the tequila cherries, the profound alcoholic burn was still there, but the aftertaste gave way to tequila’s sweeter notes. ( Log Out / Thanks so very much!! Seal the jar and invert several times to help dissolve the sugar. Thanks for the idea! If you give it a try, please let me know your results. I use these to make Vodkakirshin – chocolate covered vodka soaked cherries. Thanks for sharing this with us. I DO leave the pit in the cherry because removing it always bruises the fruit and makes it mushy as it stores. How To Make The Crunchiest Dill Pickles Ever! ( Log Out / CB, Oh my goodness. First, wash and remove the stems from your cherries. great idea for Christmas gift giving and story sharing. Loved this when I saw it last year. Preserving Fruit in Alcohol Step 1: Prep. I have a dear friend who is from the UP (Michigan:) The only time I have ever had Drunkin Cherries was at her house on Christmas Eve~ I can’t wait to try this recipe….she is no longer here….but I am going to make these cherries and have them this Christmas Eve~ Thank you Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines, Hi Lynn & thank you for your comments. Always look forward to your posts and hope you’ll be back tomorrow: http://wp.me/p2urYY-144, HI Jenny, Getting ready to try this. OK I have now done 20 batches of your wonderful cherries Problem?? Do I have to turn the jar upside-down from time to time? Did you leave the 1/4″ head space? Hey Brooke, Hi Laila, CB. Yes please! It will but the whiskey will dominate the flavor. CB. I add nothing but Vodka and cherries. Visiting from Creative Home Expressions Blog hop. Regards, Pack the cherries into a jar, filling it tightly and to the top. CB. Regards, Regards, Andrea, Hi Andrea, Preserved cherries can be stored for months, even a year and change, in the fridge or unopened in a cool, dry space. Do you think they are OK or should I remove a cheery or two? Regards, Here, the play-by-play of our booze-infused cherry experiment. Seal up the jar. Just remember to remind your guests before they take a bite! ( Log Out / Hi Joan, Turns out just wonderful. Change ), Enter your email address to follow City Boy Hens and receive notifications of new posts by email. Verdict: Rum (You should probably just stop here. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It's just convenient for us to pit prior to canning. Use a funnel to fill the jar about 1/3 of the way with sugar. Is it possible that your cherries were starting to spoil before you put them in the jar? Thanks for sharring my post. We always enjoy homemade gifts and I usually knit or crochet something. Hope tasting them wins Thanks for starting a new Christmas Cherry tradition in our home and for friends , Hi Marise, Shared this on FB as well as my blog on Christmas presents last week. It seems like you leave the pits in the cherries? I also hope you raise your first glass to your friend! Love your blog! Beyond these basic methods, you can preserve cherries in many other interesting ways: making crack seed–a dried cherry snack food, pickling fresh cherries, canning or freezing cherry purée, macerating (soaking) cherries in rum, or making cherry vodka liqueur (Ciliegia Cello). Something about doing this though takes that harsh vodka hit away. Run a clean knife or thin spatula … Ensure the lid is on tightly and store in a cool, dry place. Best of success. it’s called “Cherry Bounce” in Door County, they use the tart pie cherries. You can use any cherry that you find to be tasty. Regards, Two of the small jars have leaked over onto the shelf?? Yum-O! Place the cherries and vanilla bean in a jar, and allow the … Hope this helps. Fill the jar to the top with vodka and seal the lid on tightly. I’m not sure because there aren’t all the cherries in the vodka. I add a little sugar. I’ve never used grapes, but I’m guessing they will end up mushy. To Make the Rum Soaked Preserved Cherries Prepare your jars and lids. Thanks, Hi Betty Lou’ Frozen cherries. Christmas is about stories and you just started a new chapter for me. This looks like a wonderfully full flavored serving of fruit to ME! CB. Please pass on your vanilla extract recipe at your convenience. Followed you from the Homestead Barn Hop. Regards, CB, Your recipe was a hit. Thanks for the inspiration. Using a canning funnel (just because it’s easier), drop your cherries into a clean mason jar. Thanks for your comments. Follow the steps, label your jars with the month and year, and put them away in a dark place like a cupboard. Cook's tip. I hope you begin the tradition of “drunken cherries” this Christmas. Place a stainless steel or non-reactive … How in the heck do you wait 4 MONTHS? Nice additions. I didn’t realize something so lovely was so easily made! CB. Maraschino cherries are great (especially when you opt for the artisanal version over the syrupy, neon red sugar globs), but sometimes the liqueur-soaked treat just doesn’t have the punch you need. Preserving in alcohol is an ancient and effective method of preservation that requires no additional energy to chill or heat. Preserving in alcohol is one of the oldest, simplest and most delicious ways of preserving fruit. thanks a bunch! Maraschino cherries lose many vitamins and minerals during the bleaching and … I also never give them to my friends who are in AA. Tequila and vodka didn’t benefit quite as much from the infusion process, muscling out the cherry flavors. Thanks! CB. My friends are fans as well. 1. Note: there is no need to sterilize the jar because the vodka will act as a preservative for the cherries. ©2020 Group Nine Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. CB. I’m putting this activity on my “to do list”. CB, Those cherries look amazing. Regards, As long as the alcohol is at least 35% ABV and the fruit is completely covered, they will keep for years. We here at Supercall Labs don’t believe any liquor-infused project should require more than three steps: Add liquor, wait, enjoy. It was buttery and fruity and all-night-drinkable. You will know that the cherries are ready when the vodka turns a deep dark red. So… enter the age-old, time-honored, lazy girl’s way of preserving fruit. Will keep my eye out for bing cherries ! So are you hot water bathing these to seal? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Ontario Bing cherries are now in at farmer’s markets. Love for you to come by Wildcrafting Wednesday and share this post. Just as the rum-infused cherries reigned supreme, so did the the cherry-rum. Add the cherries (or which ever fruit you are using) to the jars and cover with sugar syrup (sugar dissolved in water) or alcohol or a mix of the two. I used my leftover cherries to start a Rumtopf. I did not add one bit of sugar and still turned out very well. We always wait until Christmas Eve to open the first jar from the previous summer and share it amongst the adults at our table. My friends can’t wait for their Christmas gifts!!!!! I’ll be featuring you this week on the Clever Chicks Blog Hop, so please come grab a featured button (I didn’t see the link-back to the party, but I’m sure it’s here somewhere). CB, Hi Barbara, Cloves, orange peel? At Lazaya we personally control the process of our cherry in alcohol from start to finish: from the field, to the packaging.In our plantations we cultivate cherries of first quality, which are processed by the most advanced technology to be able to conserve all the natural properties of this delicate fruit. They are great to eat fresh and even better to jar for the winter in some vodka. Thanks for your question. I see what my extended family is getting this Christmas! I don’t find that the “harshness” of the vodka is transferred to the cherries. Of course I will be making some. I’d like to know how you make out. Cherries are a swift crop – one day ripe, the next day gone. You should pack the jar pretty tight with cherries so that they won’t float. I can’t wait to try it with cherries!! Save those tasty treats for later in the year by learning a few simple ways to preserve cherries. Best of success, Best of success. CB, What a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop. Here’s the problem. Just wondering if I could make extra while the cherries are available? And no one could stomach another bowl of fresh cherries by this point. Bring to the boil and remove from the heat and allow to cool down ... 2. Regards, Regards, Shake and roll the jar in your hands until the sugar … Cherries in brandy This is a simple way to preserve cherries while they’re in season and enjoy them throughout the rest of the year. Bowl: for discarding skins, pits, stems and leaves. I missed the ” (I’m not used to this mesure), so I have to fill up the jar almost to the brim. Glad to hear I have helped in a new chapter. So Happy Ever since I moved to Wisconsin I have heard about these amazing cherries. I have not experienced this before. I also make my own vanilla extract. I will have to go back out and pick some more cherries tomorrow as I stoned all the ones that I picked today. The rum-infused cherries still proved the best match—though not quite as good as the first round—with a warm, round flavor. Lizzie, After a week the lids are starting to bulge, is this because of something I have done wrong? CB. Step 3: Wait. Using a canning funnel (just because it’s easier), drop your cherries into a clean mason jar. Regards, Discard any bruised or blemished fruit. I think I’ve found my next extract to make! Make sure everything is covered, and there are no air pockets. Hi Momis, I am making another batch today because I found some more cherries! Verdict: Rum (Are you sensing a pattern?). Verdict: Rum (Still not as good as the first round, but certainly better than the second round.). -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures. First, wash and remove the stems from your cherries. If the lids are bulging, it sounds like there may be a fermentation occurring. Hi Ed, Stopping by from The Homesteaders Hop, thanks for participating and come again this Sunday! 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