What do you do when you go to @quarryhillorchards and they send you home with a peck of cherries? Plenty of things!
1. I froze half of them so I can use them in smoothies over the winter (if I can wait that long). To do that, wash and dry all the cherries thoroughly. Remove the stems and pit them all. Then place them on a cookie sheet in one even layer. Put them in the freezer for a day or so, then transfer them to a large ziploc bag. If you don’t do that first step, they will all stick together in the bag.
2. I made a cherry sauce with @clefieldkitchen and put it over that delicious @oxboworchardohio duck. Check out the post from last week!
3. I ate a lot of them simply by themselves or put them over my oatmeal. It was heavenly.
4. I pickled the rest (as you can see in the second photo). This may sound strange at first, but these are great over salads, over meat, on a sandwich, whatever you want! Make a brine with 1/2 C rice vinegar, 1 TBSP white wine vinegar, 1 1/2 C water, 5 TBSP honey or sugar, and 1 TBSP + 1 tsp kosher salt. Put everything in a pot or a pitcher and stir until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Next wash and dry the cherries, remove the stems and pits. Grab 6 sprigs of thyme (ideally from your garden). Put the cherries in the mason jar and layer with the thyme. Once the jar is full (not too full) pour the cold brine over the cherries. Let them chill in your fridge for a couple days before using. These will keep for about 2 month’s in your fridge. You’ll have extra brine that you can use to pickle just about anything you want.
Quick Pickled cherries! 🍒🍒🍒 Great alone, in salad, with grilled meat (pork chops! chicken!) or on a cheese board. I used vanilla bean and star anise for one batch and fennel and pink peppercorn for another. The possibilities are endless and no canning/processing is needed. Just simmer 3 minutes with vinegar, sugar and spices and transfer to a jar. Recipe link in profile🍒🍒🍒
British cold pork pies certainly are an acquired taste ... I had a very dissappointed little boy who was excited about a meat pie! He might have been happy if we’d had our pickled cherries - they’d go well with the pie to cut through that lard! #britishfood#pickledcherries#porkpies#rothfamilyorchard
Went sour cherry picking Saturday and came home with 14.9lb. 😱 Took me about 2 hrs to pit them all 😬, but soooo worth it for the pickled 🍒🍒, 🍒 jam, 🍒 syrup (sadly lost a jar when it blew its top...even tho it was filled same as other one🙁) and super yum 🍒 frozen yogurt (not pictured) for my dad-in-laws dad day dinner. 😊 🍒😍🍒♥️🍒
ALL THE 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yesterday we had our Vegan Cheese Presentations @plantlab where each student got to present their own creations that we've been creating and composing all week long! This was my "friends + family" platter showcase because delicious true food is always better when shared ❤️ - Soooo who wants to throw a party?!?! I'm in love with creating these pretty platters 🌱✨💚😊. ON THIS PLATE: black garlic + sage cheese • raspberry Brie cheese • pickled cherries • pickled grapes • savory fig chutney • fresh mulberry compote • handmade 5-seeded cracker • handmade caraway-rosemary cracker • cacao candied pistachios • + maple-glazed candied macadamia nuts + cashews!!! FEAST.
What an amazing Moorish feast last night, inspired by @dianahenryfood #howtoeatapeach Homemade tortilla chips with a delicious smoked hummus from @waitrose , tinto de verano, lettuce with mint dipping vinegared syrup, baked aubergines with soft goat's cheese and sumac, shawarma spiced chicken (recipe from @sabrinaghayour #feasts ) sweet pickled cherries, lamb kofte and Turkish coffee icecream. A total hit and will definitely be made again.
When it comes to #pickles and munchable #ferments we often think of vegetables. While fruits are a go-to for fermented brews like vinegar, wine and cider, they also make for a magical #vinegarpickle or #fermentedpickle ! With summer on the horizon, #stonefruits are making their way to the farmer’s market. This means vinegar pickled peaches, plums and cherries! Figs make a lovely pickle too! #fermentedfruit salsas go great with #summerbbq and are a cinch to make as well. And although apples and pears are on their way out, try adding a few slices to your #cabbageferments (sauerkraut and kimchi) for some sweet, zesty crunch !
Need a place to start? Have a go with this #scrumptious recipe for Sweet and Spicy #pickledcherries :
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp whole black peppercorns
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 lb fresh bing cherries, stemmed and pitted
1 sprig rosemary
Pack cherries and rosemary into a pint size jar. In a saucepan, bring vinegar, water, sugar and spices to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Pour over the cherries leaving an inch of headspace from the top. Cap and refrigerate. Try to wait a week before tasting as the flavors balance with time !
Triple cherry beef ribs. Smoked with cherry wood 3hrs, wrapped in foil with the liquid drained from a jar of Rothwood pickled cherries and a jar of Rothwood Cherries in Vermouth and back in the gas smoker for 2hrs, unwrapped and back in for 40min. Dished up with the pickled cherries. Enjoyed with friends @welsh2390 @ozcropdr