How are your cherries doing?

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Within a few days we'll go on holiday and that will probably be just before the cherries in our garden will be ripe for harvest.:(

Same as last year in fact:(:(

Hope it is ultra hot before we depart, so maybe we still have hope they ripe in time. Unlikely.:mellow:

 

Two years ago it was great instead. Collected many kgs, turned into 100 jars of jam:D

 

How are your cherries doing?

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31 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

Where do you live?

 

I'm curious about that too.  My neighbour has the most wonderful cherry tree and he harvested his this past week.  They're absolutely perfect.  I was also given a big bunch of cherries by a friend last weekend which were also just right.  I'm about 40 kilometres south-east of Frankfurt, maybe where you are is taking a little longer.

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I live in Schleswig-Holstein, practically Hamburg

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I've just eaten a cherry cake from cherries picked two days ago (but I ate a few last week too).

Here in the Eifel, we are a good two weeks maybe even a month later than the folk nearer Cologne or Bonn. The first cherries are only just starting to turn a darker red now, which is more than sweet enough for me, but in a couple of weeks they will be even juicier.   

From experience, ours are at their best for wine about now before they go too dark, and fortunately for us there is so many on our trees that there will still be plenty for eating in a few weeks. 

...oh it's a bumper year for strawberries too.

Happy days.

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5 hours ago, Gambatte said:

Within a few days we'll go on holiday and that will probably be just before the cherries in our garden will be ripe for harvest.:(

Same as last year in fact:(:(

Hope it is ultra hot before we depart, so maybe we still have hope they ripe in time. Unlikely.:mellow:

 

Two years ago it was great instead. Collected many kgs, turned into 100 jars of jam:D

 

How are your cherries doing?

A hundred jars? Have you eaten all the jam from last year?

 

Not sure if the cherry harvest is so good this year, but there is a tree by the bus stop full of yellow plums, not ripe yet😉 I only discovered it because I took a bus trip on my 9€ ticket.

 

I plan to spend some time in the fall gathering apples, should be possible to get enough to last through year end at least.

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Ours is in our Kleingarten and the Verein made us chop loads of branches off the tree last year. Only a few cherries this year, not yet ripe. Just south of Hannover.

 

Maybe next year will be bumper after the hair cut has settled :)

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54 minutes ago, Fietsrad said:

A hundred jars? Have you eaten all the jam from last year?

I made ca 100 jars of jam from cherries.

Plus Mirabelle, plums, and rubharb. 

Total maybe 200 jars per year. I'm greedy.😬

In our family of 3 I'm the only one eating jam😭. I eat maybe 2-3 jars a week (pre breakfast is 1hr of either swimming or jogging, breakfast of course is very rich).

And I distribute the jam I don't eat to friends and relatives and colleagues.

Want some?😀👋

 

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23 minutes ago, Gambatte said:

I made ca 100 jars of jam from cherries.

Plus Mirabelle, plums, and rubharb. 

Total maybe 200 jars per year. I'm greedy.😬

In our family of 3 I'm the only one eating jam😭. I eat maybe 2-3 jars a week (pre breakfast is 1hr of either swimming or jogging, breakfast of course is very rich).

And I distribute the jam I don't eat to friends and relatives and colleagues.

Want some?😀👋

 

oh nothing like the home made jams and marmalade. I don't have any trees but i keep an eye for the wild ones along the river and sometimes am lucky to get some  mirabelle or blue berries.

Any extra bottle please send it my way :P

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10 hours ago, Fietsrad said:

 

Just checked again. Cherries are ready. Weekend hard work of jam making. So happy.😀🍒

 

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1 hour ago, Gambatte said:

Just checked again. Cherries are ready. Weekend hard work of jam making. So happy.😀🍒

 

 

Enjoy it!

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Here we go again...

The sunshine turned many of the cherries that I didn't collect 2 days ago because not yet ripe into very ready😀🍒.

So just had another session of cherry harvesting. Some more kgs.

Not in the mood, no time, to make more jam. I'll freeze them instead. I've never frozen cherries yet.

I already washed them. Next I will remove the stones. Once dry they go into the freezer.

 

Anyone here experienced with freezing own cherries?

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No but I suspect you will end up with tasteless mush once thawed.

 

To retain more flavour I would be tempted to stew them briefly complete with stones and bottle them... sterilise your jars first !

 

Alternatively marinate them in kirschwasser.

 

Cherries finished about a month ago in the Alsace.

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1 hour ago, Gambatte said:

Here we go again...

The sunshine turned many of the cherries that I didn't collect 2 days ago because not yet ripe into very ready😀🍒.

So just had another session of cherry harvesting. Some more kgs.

Not in the mood, no time, to make more jam. I'll freeze them instead. I've never frozen cherries yet.

I already washed them. Next I will remove the stones. Once dry they go into the freezer.

 

Anyone here experienced with freezing own cherries?

 

I haven't frozen cherries before, but I did freeze some rhubarb I was given this year.  When defrosted, it was a bit mushy, but that's fine if you're still planning on making more jam with them.  Give it a try, and then you'll know for the future.  

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Thanks folks.

Well, supermarket do sell frozen cherries, so I'm inclined to expect they can be frozen ok.

We'll see...

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You could buy a small pack of frozen cherries to see if the stones were removed.

 

Keeping them in the freezer for months must use quite a lot of energy.

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18 hours ago, Gambatte said:

Anyone here experienced with freezing own cherries?

Yes. I wouldn't recommend it. We boil up a sugar and water solution and pour that over cherries in jars. You then stick the glass jars on a baking tray with about 2cm of water and bake for a couple of hours. They keep for months that way, and taste fresh when you open the jars. My wife is doing it as we speak.

 

My demijohns are currently sterilising, so I'll be making cherry wine this afternoon which is another alternative way to "store" cherries.

 

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3 hours ago, dstanners said:

Yes. I wouldn't recommend it. We boil up a sugar and water solution and pour that over cherries in jars. You then stick the glass jars on a baking tray with about 2cm of water and bake for a couple of hours. They keep for months that way, and taste fresh when you open the jars. My wife is doing it as we speak.

 

Thanks.

Sounds promising but your advice I'm afraid came just too late. This morning before leaving for work I stoned them and put them in the freezer. Will see how it goes...

Hang on a sec: again, the supermarket do sell frozen cherries...

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