Pickled cherries are an easy, unexpected way to extend cherry season. Tartly sweet, subtly spiced, and surprisingly addictive.
Gently pickled cherries are a stunning, simple, and conversation-starting way to take ample advantage of cherry season. The lightly spiced little lovelies are spectacular with cheese or charcuterie and, natch, wine and cocktails.–Renee Schettler Rossi
LC How To Put Pickled Cherries To Good Use Note
How to put pickled cherries to good use? Here are some of our preferred incarnations, but don’t let them stifle your imagination. Wanna share your intended use? We’d love to hear it. Let us know in a comment below.
Plop on a cheese board
Slip into cocktails
Toss into salad (and be certain to save the pickling liquid to dribble into the vinaigrette)
Nibble alongside charcuterie
Stir into pan juices of roast chicken or pork or duck
Toss into sparkling water along with the pickling liquid to use as a sort of shrub
Special Equipment: 1-quart glass jar with a lid and a rubber seal, sterilized and funnel
Pickled Cherries Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 20 M
- Makes 1 quart
- 3 cups granulated sugar (594 g)
- 1 2/3 cups white wine vinegar (395 ml)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 star anise
- 4 cups whole fresh cherries, whether Bing, Rainier, or another sweet variety (500 to 600g)
- 1. If desired, remove the stems from the cherries.
- 2. Combine the sugar, vinegar, and spices in a large saucepan and stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves, 5 to 7 minutes. Increase the heat and boil rapidly until the liquid has reduced by about a third, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the cherries, and set aside to cool to room temperature, 1/2 to 1 hour.
- 3. Pour the contents of the pan into a 1-quart glass jar with a lid and a rubber seal using a funnel. Close the lid and set aside in a cool, dark place for at least 2 weeks before opening. The contents should remain dark or bright red, depending on the type of cherries used, and the cherries will become wrinkled, somewhat similar to raisins.
- 4. Once opened, your jar of pickled cherries can be stashed in the fridge and will last for up to a month.