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Cherries May Help Fight Arthritis

STORAGE

It is very important to store cherries unwashed in a sealed container in the coldest part of the refrigerator.  Cherries lose more quality in one hour at 68 F than in 24 hours at 32 F.  They will keep several weeks if stored properly. 

Wash them only when you are ready to eat them.  Cherries absorb water and soften.  Water also spreads decay.  If any cherries show signs of decay, be sure to throw them away as they will affect the other cherries.

Cherries are best when eaten within the first week after they are picked.  If you don't plan to use ripe cherries this soon,  it is best to freeze them. To freeze cherries, wash and drain them dry, then spread them evenly over a cookie sheet or flat tray and freeze them. When frozen solid, transfer the cherries to a plastic bag. They'll keep up to a year this way.

 

USE

Fresh

In season cherries are great for eating out of hand, perfect for baking, cooking, jam, and your favorite recipe!


Frozen
Wash your cherries and place them in a freezer bag.  There is no need to remove the pits unless you desire.  Remove cherries from the freezer 30 minutes prior to use, but never let them thaw completely before eating or baking.


Canned

Wash and stem all of your cherries.  Pit them if you desire.  The pack your cherries into clean, sterilized jars.  Pour a sugar syrup over the fruit (1 cup sugar to 3 cups water, heated until sugar is dissolved).  Apply a proper lid and process in boiling water bath 20 minutes for pints; 30 for quarts.


Dried
Wash and stem cherries.  Cut in half and remove pits.  Place the fruit skin side down on dryer trays.  Dry at 135 for approximately 12 to 15 hours.  The fruit will be leathery and sticky when dried sufficiently.  Store in plastic bags in a cool, dry area.

 

 

STAIN REMOVAL

Stained Hands
Rub lemon on your hands to remove cherry stains on your skin.

Stained Clothes
Simply use Spray 'n' Wash, Shout,  Oxi-Clean or a similar product. Pre-spray the stained area and then wash in cold water. The stains should come right out.

 

RECIPES


Berry Soup

Black Forest Cake II

Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Cherry Clafoutis (Custard)

Cherry Pudding Cake

Cherry Salsa

Chicken Cherry Pie

Fresh Summer Cherry Sauce

Sweet Cherry Spoon Fruit Topping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vitamin C, present in fruits, is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Its anti-inflammatory activity may decrease the incidence of asthma symptoms.

 

A large preliminary study has shown that young children with asthma experience significantly less wheezing if they eat a diet high in fruits rich in vitamin C.  Cherries are an excellent source of Vitamin C

 
 

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