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    • Bargain Rzl
    • By Bargain Rzl 13th Jun 05, 9:08 PM
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    Fresh cherries - how to use?
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    • 13th Jun 05, 9:08 PM
    Fresh cherries - how to use? 13th Jun 05 at 9:08 PM
    Over the weekend one of my colleagues picked up a massive box of fresh cherries for £3 from the market. We've spent all day in the office munching our way through them, and as nobody wanted the last 60 or so, I offered them a good home...

    So, first and most urgent question - do they freeze well? (Some are threatening to go soft already, and I'm not around to do any cooking until at least Thursday).

    Second question - what do I make with them? Something cake-like would be ideal, as I could take it into the office and feed it to the person who so kindly supplied me with all those free cherries
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    • catznine
    • By catznine 13th Jun 05, 9:11 PM
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    • 13th Jun 05, 9:11 PM
    I had to deal with some over ripening cherries last week, they were in my organic fruit and veg box - yes you can freeze them, I cut them in half and took the stones out before I froze them, they will be added to fresh fruit salads, which I make weekly using contents of organic box and apple juice (very easy).
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    • maryb
    • By maryb 13th Jun 05, 9:23 PM
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    Mary berry has a lovely recipe for cherry tart. basically do a flan case with pate sucree (6 oz flour, 3oz butter, 1 egg yolk and a tablespoon of water) and bake it blind. Then put stoned cherries in the case and fill with an egg custard mix. Bake about half an hour until set then sieve icing sugar over the top. Good hot or cold
    • grownup1
    • By grownup1 13th Jun 05, 9:23 PM
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    • 13th Jun 05, 9:23 PM
    I love dried cherries. I wonder if you could dry them in a warm oven? Tell me if you've tried it, anyone.
    • Mado
    • By Mado 13th Jun 05, 9:39 PM
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    • 13th Jun 05, 9:39 PM
    I always find it a crime not to eat cherries fresh.. but I'll let you off as you already scoffed up most of it.
    Cheery clafoutis (well calfoutis aux cerises) would be the obvious to me. Can't think if I have a recipe but it's really a baked thick flan with stoned cherries in.

    Almost same as the recipe above but without the pastry.
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    • blue-kat
    • By blue-kat 14th Jun 05, 6:14 PM
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    • 14th Jun 05, 6:14 PM
    pop them in resealable clean jam jars and cover with brandy to preserve and inebriate them.
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  • wigginsmum
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    • 22nd Jun 06, 1:18 PM
    What to do with 1lb fresh cherries?
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    • 22nd Jun 06, 1:18 PM
    Bought them today and would like to do some baking or cooking with them, but am waiting for inspiration to strike. Any ideas?
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    • Philippa36
    • By Philippa36 22nd Jun 06, 1:21 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 06, 1:21 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 06, 1:21 PM
    Eat them

    I love them but I haven't been able to justify the cost so far. Pies, crumbles, or just as they are from the bag. Reminds me of my school days, we used to sit on the field after school and eat bags of cherries we had bought from the local green grocers.
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    • 22nd Jun 06, 1:24 PM
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    • 22nd Jun 06, 1:24 PM
    Near me they're currently £1 for 1lb or £1.50 for 2lbs; I don't normally buy them so I don't know how that compares pricewise. I'm looking at recipes for clafoutis but I think it'd be too similar to the raspberry cobbler I made last night. We could just eat them as they are, I suppose.
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
    • brokenwings
    • By brokenwings 22nd Jun 06, 1:25 PM
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    Cherry Sauce.

    stone about 2 cups of cherries and place in a pan
    add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water.
    bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, uncovered, about 15 minutes or until the juice has thickened.
    strain if you wish, then serve warm or cold over ice cream .
    • Philippa36
    • By Philippa36 22nd Jun 06, 1:28 PM
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    The cherries here are currently £3.49 a punnet!
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  • wigginsmum
    Wow - that is dear! I live at the bottom of Walthamstow Market which claims to be the longest street market in Europe so I guess I'm spoiled in that respect; we have an enormous range of fresh and cheap produce available. New Covent Garden is only 1.5 miles away too.
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
    • Chell
    • By Chell 22nd Jun 06, 1:54 PM
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    Is there a quick way to stone them? I'm not sure I could be bothered otherwise?
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  • wigginsmum
    I think you can get a special gadget to stone them but I just use a knife and make a vertical slit when I have to.
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
    • lewt
    • By lewt 22nd Jun 06, 2:11 PM
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    just rip the stones out! if your making sauce anyway it dont matter.......
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    • tanith
    • By tanith 22nd Jun 06, 2:19 PM
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    I'd be eating them while I was stoneing them so nothing would left to bake with
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 22nd Jun 06, 2:34 PM
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    Just don't eat too many or it will be the scene from The Witches of Eastwick all over again!
  • wigginsmum
    Eeuuww - I remember heaving in sympathy while watching it! I can still picture them dripping off the lampshade ...
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
  • SusanCarter
    I did the same thing a couple of weeks ago (bought cheap cherries that is) and then as I wlaked out of the supermarket there was a recipe for a cherry cake. You basically make something like a victoria sandwich but in the middle you spread yoghurt (recipe said Greek but I just used ordinary natural yoghurt cos that's what I had) then cover with a layer of halfed stoned cherries begore putting top on. Sprinkle top with icing sugar and serve with a few whole cherries on the top. Sorry for typing errors - need to check on soup downstairs...
  • black-saturn
    Wow - that is dear! I live at the bottom of Walthamstow Market which claims to be the longest street market in Europe so I guess I'm spoiled in that respect; we have an enormous range of fresh and cheap produce available. New Covent Garden is only 1.5 miles away too.
    by wigginsmum
    Really? I was only there the other day. Are you at the 99p shop end or the Oxfam shop end?#

    Ooops edited because I forgot to suggest pureeing them and making ice cream or pureeing them and putting them in lolly molds.
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