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What Would You Do With a Case of Cherries?

Congratulations to Kati, Chantal, Rachel, Miriam & Rebecca! Thank you everyone who participated in this; your answers were alternately amusing, heartwarming and scrumptious! That’s right…a whole case of cherries! We’re giving away a case of cherries to five randomly selected winners and we want to know what you would do with a whole case of cherries. Now, you may ask, how much is a case? It’s a LOT.  Say, about 10 pounds. Enough to fill a kitchen sink. Make five cherry pies. Hold a cherry pit-spitting contest for the whole gang. Whatever you have in mind, it’s probably enough to make it happen…and more. So, get busy thinking about what you would do with a case of cherries and enter your comment below by July 14th. Stumped by the bounty? We shared our Best Cherry Recipes and some of our food blogger friends sent over their favorite cherry dishes as well. These are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Now, let us know what you would do with a case of cherries in the comments by July 14th and, who knows, you just might be lucky enough to win! Note: These are red Washington cherries and will be shipped directly to you from our farmer partners. Depending on availability and quality, they may be organic or conventional.

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Jen says …

My husband loves Cherry Pie and my boys love Fresh Cherry Cupcakes. I make a mean Cherry Garcia ice cream, too. I would freeze a bit to enjoy all year round. Going to try preserving this year, as well, so a few jars of cherries would make a wonderful edition to my winter stash.

Natalia says …

I would sit at the pool in the backyard and enjoy those delicious cherries and also make a cherry jam that is my favorite !!!!!!

danielle says …

i would constantly chase my daughter out the kitchen while trying to bake, as she loves fresh cherries and can eat an entire bag alone :o) as for the baking it would definitely be gluten free cherry pie, gluten free cherry dump cake and homemade cherry frozen yogurt with just two simple ingredients: cherries and kefir, quite possibly a drizzle of raw honey as garnish for a bit of sweet sticky yumminess :o)

Liss says …

I would eat every last one of them plain, in their natural state (well, I'd share of course). They're like candy and deserved to be honored the way Nature gave them to us.

Samantha Stackpole says …

If I won a case of cherries, I would give them all to my mom for her birthday. Cherries are her favorite food and drastically help her maintain a healthy diet and weight. But, of course we would have to make some cherry cobbler:)The case would mean a lot to her since cherries are so rare and expensive at this point in the season.

Ann says …

A case of cherries?!! Cherry pies and (my favorite) cherry preserves!!

Gina Jackson says …

Share them with strangers, keep one pound for myself and bake a cherry cobbler, even in the middle of summer!!

Jennifer Douwes says …

I was just reading a recipe that included pureed REAL cherries. I think I might like to try that, OH and make homemade sorbet. LOVE cherries.

Candra says …

Make Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream!! And eat a BUNCH!

Michael Anderson says …

I'd make jam. Last summer we picked fresh strawberries and made homemade jam and it tasted like you wouldn't believe. Jam with fresh fruit and real sugar (rather than high fructose corn syrup) is out of this world. A case of cherries would make enough to keep plus some to share.

Shellie says …

I would share them with my neighbors. I am unemployed, so it would be fun to be able to share something with someone. I would take out baggies and let everyone enjoy in their delight. Of course, I would keep a baggie myself and eat them as they are. A delight! :)

Linda says …

If I am selected to win a case of cherries, I would make one of my favorite appetizers -- Cedar Planked Brie with Roasted Tomatoes and Cherries. Roasting the cherries and tomatoes takes a while since it cooks at a low and slow temperature in the oven but planking the cheese is a breeze. One taste of this molten, smoky, tangy and sweet concoction and you’ll be addicted. This appetizer is always a crowd pleaser because the experience is pure yumminess with every bite! Everyone always asks for this recipe so I would share the remaining cherries with them so they can roast their own batch of cherries and tomatoes and serve it on a planked brie to their friends and family. Bon appetit!

Shari says …

I would bring a pound a day to work for a week to replace all that candy we usually snack on. My 3 year old loves cherries, so I'd pit a couple of pounds for him. I may freeze some of those pitted cherries and use them as ice to cool his white grape juice. I can put a bunch in the juicer for me and my son, eat several pounds fresh by myself and make some cherry vanilla ice cream with the rest! Boy...my brain is smoking thinking of all the deliciousness!

Laurie says …

I would probably feed them all to my two-year-old! He LOVES fresh fruit, and cherries are at the top of the list. My I'd make a pie or two, also. :)

Lora Fox says …

If I had a case of cherries I would donate it to the church food bank. People who go to the food bank get canned goods, but things like cherries are a real treat. And of course, I would keep a few for my family.

Melissa McKelvey says …

I would probably make a pie, then some cherry preserves and I would probably freeze the rest for a future pie. And of course, I would eat plenty of them as they are!

Karen says …

I'd eat a bunch and freeze the rest for winter!

Ellen Wexler says …

Oh, my! I think that, after I ate to my heart's content, I would make some little cherry handpies and some cherry-rhubarb jam. Then, after I ate some more, perhaps I would make some cherry chutney and cherry salsa. Swoon.

Melissa says …

I would include them in everything and create as many different things as I could in one day that were also all gluten free. Desserts - Juice - Main Courses. :o) YUM!!! Then - with the left overs - I would share with family and friends, of course. :o)

Paula Kalamaras says …

I would be thrilled - I'd make several pies, and cherry buckles, share them with my friends and happily consume some as they are rare and wonderful. I'd have a cherry party1

Anne Ardoin says …

I would find a way to freeze some so that I could enjoy their summer goodness all year long! I would make clafouti, ice cream, crisp, cobbler, cherry port reduction for steaks, te list goes on and on....but my very favorite thing to do is pop them right in my mouth! YUMMM!!!

Eugenie says …

I would probably eat about half the case in 3 days and make cherry cobbler out of the rest.

vanillasugar says …

i trust whole foods to deliver the best cherries around. not only do i use them for snacking on (with a few slices of cheddar cheese), but my favorite way to use them is in my famous creme brulee ice cream with rum-soaked cherries found here. http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com/2009/10/creme-brulee-ice-cream-w-black-cherries.html incredibly easy, totally delightful.

Jen Mathews says …

I would have a cherry party and give 'em out to all my friends. :)

careys says …

Jam, jam and jam! Pie, pie and Pie! Tart, tart and tart!

Amanda Fleming says …

I would make a pancake breakfast for my whole family! I would make cherry pancakes with a warm cherry compote. I would also make cherry stir sticks for the hot morning coffee!

Wendy nebiosini says …

I work with DD adults so I would bring it in to work for some yummy simple cooking projects

DonSmith says …

I/we would eat them! Cherries rule!

rachel roland says …

Yum! After we'd eaten our fill, I'd pit and freeze the rest. We love cherries, last year 3lbs was gone in a few days.

Danielle B. says …

Cherry Preserves!!!! My grandmother used to ship us out jars and jars once a year, as a kid. I have the recipe now and would make jars and jars of our own.

Karla Roeseler says …

Oh my...the options are endless! I would certainly be pitting and freezing some for the winter months so I could make yummy smoothies. Pitted frozen cherries during these warm months make a wonderful cool snack especially on a Sunday afternoon outside while reading a good book under the umbrella. Then there are clafoutis to be made as well as cherry compote to go with fresh goat cheese. Trust me, nothing but the seeds and stems would go to the compost bin! Karla Roeseler

Cindy Schander says …

I would do what my grandma used to do...I'd make cherry pie and cherry preserves. Her next store neighbor had 2 cherry trees with a swing attached. She'd let us shake the cherries down from the tree so my grandma could make these delicious goodies!

Renae Curt says …

eat a few and freeze the rest for later in the year when no fresh ones are available

Eva Holloway says …

I would make freezer Cherrie marmelade. But I would also have some to eat for my family. Eva

Karen Schweinfurth says …

Last year was my first in making freezer cherry jam. Unfortunately the first batch wasn't mixed well enough and didn't set up as tight as jam; however, I used it to cook with, for example, topped Halibut with it prior to baking, good on chicken with a little dijon mixed with it, also good on pork loin or chops. Would LOVE to duplicate that flavor again with YOUR cherries. Of course, I give my jam as gifts as well. To see the joy on people's faces is enough payment.

Michelle says …

I would have to try out some new recipes and eat a LOT of them just as nature intended.

Irene Williams says …

I would bake! Cherry pies, coffee cake, syrups, jam, etc.

Jill Rehn says …

As a child growing up, my grandmother made cherry bounce...a sweet cordial that I was never allowed to make. I found a recipe for it on the internet and purchased a large jug during the winter just waiting for the cherries to come into season. I'd make that recipe and remember my childhood.

Lori A says …

a case of cherries....well for sure I'd save some for eating straight away, I'd cook some with Agave Nectar to make pie filling, I'd stew some down with some organic beef broth and cracked peppercorns for a cherry sauce over a dry aged steak, make some homemade cherry ice cream anddddd maybe make a little cherry marmalade! Whew, I'm exhausted just makin' the list of what I'd do!

Denise Griffith says …

Make cherry ice cream

Melissa H says …

I ADORE cherries. I'd make some cherry pies to take to neighbors!

Nana says …

I would invite all my friends over for a four course cherry dinner. =] I've never cooked using cherries before but it would be the PERFECT opportunity to learn.

Michael Kiss says …

A case of Cherries is grand sight indeed. I would make some Jam for sure. maybe something spicy with home grown chiles from my garden. Cherry sorbet with a big bang from mint. in a flute with a splash of bubbly. Cherry salsa is always a hit, and cherry goat cheese stuff chicken from the grill with a little cherry glaze made with my Jam. A vegetarian Cherry sausage made with home made seitan would make my wife dance. a thai cherry consume would be another great lunch to serve to friends. Cherry poppyseed cake modified from a grandmothers recipe. and of course handfuls munched with a smile as I make my fingers red with pitting and pondering about what I just said. Please pick me for a this wonderful gift. I will post pictures and recipes of the great projects I make. Thank You!

Jerry Mouse Martinez says …

I would take them to my job and share them with my co-workers.Cherries are awesome!!!!!!!!

Rhonda says …

Cherry hand pies, cherry ice cream and The rest would be home canned cherry curd filling for cakes, pastries and cookies!

Jennifer says …

What better way to take a summer break than a bowl of cherries, a good book, and a sunny spot?

seanymph says …

Ive already made some but could always make more. I made my own version of maraschino cherries. I pitted them and then covered them with dry sherry. Stuck a vanilla been in the jar and a half cup of sugar. Now they can go sit in the dark cabinet awhile and become yummy so I can use it on my desserts.

Elizabeth Wurz says …

If I win the case of cherries, I'll make a BIG cherry pie for my son's birthday (that's his favorite), and we'll enjoy the rest of the cherries fresh and cold as snacks!

Pam says …

I would make sugar free goodies. A pie, jelly, probably using agave syrup

Elizabeth says …

I would make a lot of cherry pies and cherry shakes. I have some great recipes.

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