Cherries and Berries

Last Saturday Matt and I went to pick sour cherries at Poverty Lane Orchards.  We do have a sour cherry tree in our yard, but it won’t produce enough to make the jam, and pies we wanted to make.   We picked over 11 lbs.  Then I got to work. I made two cherry pies.

I made a double batch of Sour Cherry Orange Marmalade.  I should have made it in two batches because it took over 2 hours to cook down. At least I didn’t have to finish it on the grill like last year. Here it is at an early stage. I love how the cherries look like mini-sunsets.It yielded nine 1/2 pint jars.

I froze 8 cups of cherries for cherry-currant jam because I didn’t have the currants yet.

On Monday I went to Cherry Hill Farm to pick raspberries and currants.  However it was so hot at the beginning of the week that canning was out of the question. So I added the currants to the cherries in the freezer and I’ll make the cherry-currant jam later.

I also froze most of the rest of the currants to use in other jams. There may be enough to make a batch of currant jelly too.
I froze 4 quarts of raspberries, some for eating and some to make raspberry pepper jam when the hot peppers develop. I might try to use the currants instead of the added pectin.

We enjoyed some of the currants and raspberries in a crisp tonight.

Now I have three kinds fruit ready in the freezer when the mood strikes me to make them into jam.

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5 Responses to Cherries and Berries

  1. kitsapFG says:

    Well that all looks really delicous! What a bounty you have acquired and it is smart to freeze it until you have more time and comfortable temperatures to tackle the canning projects. I have not done any canning yet this year – everything has been freezer preservation so far.

  2. Robin says:

    Everything looks so yummy! I completely forgot to get sour cherries this year from a local grower. It’s a good thing I found a couple of bags in the freezer from last year.

    That raspberry pepper jam sounds wonderful! I made a batch of raspberry jam yesterday. Hopefully I will get enough raspberries to make a batch of the raspberry/pepper.

  3. Marcia says:

    Did you get to pick any of your own cherries?

    • Emily says:

      Yes. They ripen a bit later than the ones at the orchard. I used some last night in a persian rice dish. They’ll be in my harvest Monday post next week.

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