Cherries! Early summer's best drupe is finally in season, and there are just oh so many things to do with them. Grab a bushel or 10 while they're abundant, and tuck into these DIY projects, from jam to sauces to drinks and more.
Cherry Freezer Jam Freezer jam requires no cooking, just mashing and then you have jam. Plus it uses a lot less sugar than traditionally canned jam because you don't need the sugar to act as a preservative. (Image via Coconut & Lime)
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 Spicy and sweet pickled cherries are the natural accompaniment to barbecue or roasted pork. Also, they make intriguing cocktail garnishes. (Image via Kitchen Apparel)
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 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)