Cherries Are the Bomb

Sweet or tart, cherries are the bomb, and the harbinger of stone fruit season. If you have more than you can simply pop in your mouth, here's a whole bushel of ways to put them up.

Cherry Jam
Cherry Jam
Jam up those cherries for a sweet spread that tastes of summer all year long. (Image via Shockingly Delicious)
Cherry Preserves
Cherry Preserves
Preserve whole or chunked fruit for more texture, perfect for desserts. (Image via Kitchen Apparel)
Cherry Pie Filling
Cherry Pie Filling
Can your own sweet cherries for those holiday pies and treats. (Image via Delectable Musings)

Cherry Key Lime Marmalade
Sweet cherries, key limes and a touch of verbena. A 'marming we will go! (Image via Local Kitchen)
Cherry Curd
Creamy and sweet-tart, cherry curd is a colorful and tasty alternative to the classic lemon. (Image via Larder Love)
Cherry Butter
Cherry Butter
Cook them down to make a thick cherry fruit butter with the added grown up flavors of balsamic vinegar and spicy chiles. (Image via Heart Beet Kitchen)
Cherry Fruit Leather
Cherry Fruit Leather
Cherries make a great fruit leather. You don't even need a dehydrator if you do it in the oven, but if it's too hot, just put the dehydrator outside. (Image via Garden of Eating)
Cherry Chutney
Cherry Chutney
Cherry chutney leverages the sweet-tart flavor of cherries with the zip of spices. (Image via Eating Rules)
Cherry Sauce
Cherry Sauce
Cherry sauce is a deliciously sweet-tart topping for desserts, a breakfast yogurt stir-in treat or a glaze on roasted meats. (Image via Yankee Kitchen Ninja)
Port Wine and Cherry Mustard
Port Wine and Cherry Mustard
Yellow and brown mustard seeds are combined with cider vinegar, honey, bing cherries and port wine to make a flavorful mustard. (Image via Creative Culinary)
Cherry Chipotle Not Ketchup
Cherry Chipotle "Not Ketchup"
Erika Kerekes was tired of making jam and decided to turn a pound of ripe plums into a sort of ketchup. It was like ketchup, but much more complex and interesting. (Image via Eating Rules)
Pickled Cherries
Pickled Cherries
Spicy and sweet pickled cherries are the natural accompaniment to barbecue or roasted pork. Also, they make intriguing cocktail garnishes. (Image via Kitchen Apparel)
Dried Cherries
Dried Cherries
If you think fresh sour cherries are intense, try them dried! Your taste buds will be dancing with delight! (Image via One Tomato Two Tomato)
Cherry Vinegar
Cherry Scrap Vinegar
Making vinegar is almost as easy as throwing some sugar, some water and (optionally) some fruit scraps into a container and adding a bit of water. There's really not too much more to it than that! (Image via Phickle)
Cherry Shrub
Cherry Shrub
A drinking vinegar, shrub can be made with fresh cherries, and feel free to add balsamic vinegar, mint or any other flavorings. (Image via Reclaiming Provincial)
Cherry Syrup
Cherry Syrup
Or go with a sweeter syrup, perfect for sparkling soda and cocktails. (Image via Local Kitchen)
Brandied Cherries
Brandied Cherries
No more day-glow red cherries! Preserve your cherries in booze, be it Maraschino liqueur, brandy or bourbon, for booze-saturated cocktail garnishes. (Image via The View from Great Island)
Cherry Liqueur
Cherry Liqueur
Upside to those brandied cherries: You're left with infused booze to make into a cherry liqueur, a.k.a cherry bounce. (Image via Cooking Channel)
Balsamic-Cherry Vermouth
Balsamic-Cherry Vermouth
Courtesy of my friend Michael Cecconi of Two Sisters Bar and Books, a recipe for homemade balsamic-cherry vermouth, plus a cocktail recipe that uses it.
Cherry and Sweet Annie Bitters
Cherry and Sweet Annie Bitters
If you're a cherry fan, whip up this bitters to take your Manhattan to the next level. (Image via Snowflake Kitchen)

 

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