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Ways to Preserve Cherries

Learn ways to preserve cherries from canning, dehydrating, freezing, and more! Extend cherry season from summer all year long!

Cherries in a wire egg basket with a red polka dot bow

20 Ways to Preserve Cherries

Cherries are such a special summer treat, and the season seems so short. But they are fruit that has so much potential for preservation that you’ll want to experiment all summer long with the different ways to do it.

How to Freeze Cherries

Bunches of cherries before freezing

You can read the full tutorial on how to freeze cherries, plus ideas, but here is the quick version:

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  • Wash cherries and de-stem
  • Pit Cherries
  • Flash freeze cherries
  • Put into airtight containers for the freezer

Don’t throw out those cherry pits and stems! They have uses, too!

Can last up to two years, though six months is the optimal storage.

Dehydrating Cherries

Youtube video showing how to dehydrate (and rehydrate) cherries

Dehydrating cherries is a great way to create sweet snack treats for snacking, oatmeal, trail mixes, granola, and more!

Cherry Fruit Leather

I use an Excalibur Dehydrator in order to dehydrate my produce, but there are tons of other options out there, too. I have a resource to help you pick the best dehydrator for your needs and your budget.

Canning Cherries

Canned cherries are a beautiful addition to your pantry as well as a tasty treat to eat on all year long. You can follow these safe canning guidelines for canning cherries from the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

Cherry Jams & Jellies

Or, use some of these modifications of recipes and techniques to can cherries the way you love.

Cherry Treats

Fermenting Cherries

Other ways to preserve and use Cherries

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Lots of cherries

Thanks to the Northwest Cherry Growers and Washington State Fruit Commission in providing cherries for this project! See how I used them in freezing cherries and making cherry powder!

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  1. Avatar for Debby Henkel Debby Henkel says:

    I made cherry marmalade and water bath canned it. It is amazing!’

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