It’s Cherry Time!

July 25, 2009

We as a race have been eating cherries since the dawn of time. It seems even our Neolithic ancestors used to make wine out of cherries before they turned to raisins.

Cherries were also part of a legionnaire’s diet during the time of the Roman Empire. These days, we know that cherries are a great part of a balanced diet and even have antioxidant qualities.

Another good reason to eat more cherries? They are now in season! But how can we keep them in order to enjoy them year-round?

Here is a very simple recipe for conserving cherries: Alcohol Cherries

  1. You’ll need some Mason jars on hand (with a 500 ml or 2-cup capacity).
  2. Be sure to use Bing cherries – make sure the cherries have a smooth, shiny skin.
  3. Fill the jars with the cherries. Pour enough 40% alcohol to fill the rest of the jar. You can also use any of your favourite alcoholic beverage.
  4. Tightly secure the lids onto the jars and place them in a cool, dark place for at least 3 months.

These jars can then be cracked open and enjoyed as part of a dessert, eaten alone or given as gifts.

Some of our recipes with cherries

Cherry and Rice Cake

Cherry and Rice Cake
See the recipe >>

Cherry and Peach Compote

Cherry and Peach Compote

See the recipe >>

Cherry Crisp

Cherry Crisp
See the recipe >>

Are you going to enjoy cherries this season ? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or in the comments below!

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 25, 2009.


Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

One comment to “It’s Cherry Time!”

July 28, 2009 Jacklin said:


I did buy gorgeous cherries this week-end and followed the instruction. So far, so good. Cant’wait to open the jar in 3 months. Thanks for this simple tip and all the other ones on your wonderful site.

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