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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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Terry Covington says …

I would make a cherry clafoutis, as I've been wanting to try one. Then I would have some for eating fresh, and I would freeze a lot of them (stems off, pits left in) -- straight out of the freezer, they make great desserts; my family calls them Cherry Bon-Bons. Just remember to eat around the pits! It's a wonderful way to experience that great cherry flavor a long time after the crop is harvested.

Tristen says …

Along with a great cherry ice cream and cherry cheesecake recipe, I think this would be worthy of finally learning how to can my own fruit! Of course, that only applies to the ones that I don't eat straight out of the case - fresh cherries have been a favorite since I was a kid!

beverly moeller says …

My cherry pies used to sell for $25 at my old church's bake sale but haven't made one in several years now so that is what I'd do! One for church, one for home until they were all gone!

Melanie Wood says …

I would make a couple of cherry pies, and maybe some tarts. With the rest, I would make cherry preserves - it's great with pancakes or french toast!

Genie says …

Yum! If I won a case of cherries I would definitely share it with my family and friends. Then eat my share.

Betsey says …

For starters, I'd eat cherries until I couldn't eat anymore!! Then the experimenting can begin...have seen some recipes for fabulous grilled desserts that I'd love to try with cherries!

Carolyn McEvoy says …

Gawd--- cherry smoothies, cherry pie. Cold fresh cherries popped right in the mouth-- and of course, I'd share some with mom! :-)

Alicia says …

I would do a delightful combination of snacking on them, freezing and dehydrating. MMMMMmmmm my mouth is watering.

Joanne says …

Pretty much everything that's been listed here is on my list, but if I *had* to pick a few, probably pie, ice cream, some type of bread/muffin, cobbler, cupcakes, and as-is, of course!

andrea y. says …

I'd sit down and eat cherries until I made myself sick.... they're my absolute favorite fruit!

andrea y. says …

I'd sit down and eat cherries until I made myself sick.... they're my absolute favorite fruit!

Liz Kormanyos says …

My husband is originally from Seattle. Every late June early July I see him go to the grocery alone and come home excited with a huge bag of Bing or Rainer cherries. He eats everyone and I always wonder how her does not get sick? He has now passed on his love to our 14 month old daughter. I often see purple stained hand, face and clothes! Ever had a cherry juice slobbery kiss from a 1 yr old? They are the best. So with a case of cherries I would let them eat until sick, then make jam and ice cream topping with the rest.

Eva says …

WOW.... with a case of cherries, I would have delicious cheery tarts, sweet cherry pie, chocolate covered cherries, a lovely honey cheery puree in wonderful champagne and naturally, fresh cherries!! Eva

Debbie says …

I would make cherry cheese cake first! I love cheese cake! Then, I will give a whole bunch to my sister-in-law who loves canning cherries. After, I would try cooking up a cherry au jus to go with a roast pork. Then my and my husband would eat the rest on our patio with a bottle of champagne.

Sue Louiselle says …

I would probably just eat myself into a cherry coma!

Dani Tolin says …

WOW...a whole case!! I would make some yummy delicious pies and some tasty cherry lemonade! :D

Ari says …

LOVE cherries! Fresh of course! and then homemade cherry ice cream! YUM!

Tina Engberg says …

I guess it depends on whether or not they're sour cherries. I'd bake several pies with sour cherries. I'd definitely try Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup that a friend told me about recently. And, I might even do what my sister in law does with her cherries: brine them in brandy.

Marlene says …

I think I would be making some cherry pies! I would even freeze some to keep them for special occasions!

Jay Vincent Shote says …

I would make cherry smoothies for our children with them. (and eat a few). But cherry kefir sounds good too, or maybe cherry yogurt. Okay, suffice it to say they wouldn't last long!

Andrea Bickley says …

I would eat them with pleasure, one-by-one! I love bing cherries whether right off the treat or out of the case! And, of course, I would share with family and friends.

Patricia says …

Make cherry chutney!

Darlene Prophet says …

Oh, my...everything from popping straight into the mouth to cherry pies, cherry muffins, cherry preserves, cherry ice cream, cherries in cereal, tossed in a spinach salad with poppyseed dressing, cherry turnovers, cherry coffeecake ... have I used up the case, yet? No? OK, how about a cherry smoothie, cherries covered with chocolate fondue, reduced cherries over pork, cherry preserves in brie encroute, ... hmmm, maybe I better get a second case in order to list all the other innumerous things to do with cherries. Yum, yum, yum!!

barbi says …

I would eat some fresh, make some boozy cherries and maybe a pie or 2. yummy!!

Stephanie says …

Among the pies, smoothies and other things they would be diverted to, I'd take a whole bunch of them and give them to my friends to snack on as we tube down the Dan River!!!

Elizabeth says …

A case of Cherries!? What I would WANT to do is roll around in them..yelling ohhhhhh....yumm...!!!!!!!!!!!! But I might squish some, and that would be a waste... My cherry addiction is in full bloom right now..I love them out of hand the best. I don't think even I could eat ten pounds alone, so I would share them with those I love the best! Thanks for the opportunity!

Tim Winders says …

mmmmmmm! yummy cherries! Cherry juice, cherry pie, cherry smoothies, the list goes on and on! I love cherries!

CD Smith says …

I think I would make a pie or 3, then try to find a good vegan cherry cheesecake recipe! Or maybe a Black Forest cheesecake...yum!

kim thomas says …

I would make a pie and eat the rest of them whole!

Dave Bennett says …

Cherry glaze on baked chicken. Cherry pie. And some cherry jelly.

Jen Boes says …

I would pit them and freeze them. Frozen cherries are the best treat on a hot, steamy summer day.

VanVan says …

I'd make myself very sick and very purple

Rich says …

I'd experiment with a few recipes for maraschino cherries. I'd also probably give wine making a go.

Carlee says …

First off, I'd split the case with my grandmother, who just introduced me to the joy of frozen cherries, they are quite delicious all by themselves, plain! I'm the single mother of a beautiful daughter who loves them like this. And it's nice because I am busy trying to work part time and attend college classes, so having healthy snacks handy is a must! Grams also has a delicious recipe for vanilla ice cream and it would be nice to make a cherry-vanilla ice cream with them. Oh! And a cherry cobbler... (wheat free so I could take some to my Mom). Last, but not least, I drink a smoothie every day, and if I were to remove the pits from the cherries and freeze them, they'd make a tasty addition to my smoothies. So long as I didn't accidentally try to make the smoothies with my daughter Sylvia's frozen cherries with the pits still in them. That would be funny, but also it would probably upset my blender.

Tracy says …

We are homeschoolers... we would experiment with drying, freezing, preserving and other methods we would research. Then we could share our new knowledge (and treats!) with the rest of our homeschool community :)

Sue Farris says …

If I had a case of cherries I would: Give some to friends and neighbors. Serve them fresh as a snack, in yogurt or on with ice cream . Bake a Cherry Tart/Pie or two or more... Chop some and freeze them for eating with ice cream or mor tarts/pies/cakes. Make Maraschino Cherries in jars and give them to children as gifts. Children LOVE Maraschinos! And I'd keep some because you just can't make a Bishops Cake without them!

Beth Finley says …

I would host a the most wonderful Cherry Party where I would serve, cherry nectarine salsa, cherry chipotle chicken Quesadillas, chunky cherry cheese spread, sweet and spicy cherry nut mix, Fire roasted corn and cherry salsa, Mango cherry avacado salad, Cherry chili, Biscotti with dark chocolate, cherries and almonds, Cherry tiramisu and Cherry creme brulee, Cherry Lemonade, Cherry Mojitos and homemade cherry Lime Rickey. Then I would send my guests home with a basket containing a jar or Sweet cherry sauce with ginger and Cherry mustard. I would use whatever cherries were left over for just snacking on with my family.

Michelle P says …

I just got a BlendTec blender as a birthday present - so I would definitely be making smoothies with some of those cherries! I can also make jam in the blender. Fresh cherry jam sounds good! And then there would have to be a pie and a crisp and some kind of breakfast pastry :)

Eileen says …

If I won a case of cherries I would save enough for a cherry pie, some homemade chocolate cherry pudding and for freezing for future smoothies. Everything left over I would distribute amongst my friends and share with them how awesome Whole Foods is.

Suzy B. says …

I would make preserves, pies and I would give some away!

Tara Zeman says …

I would share them all with my 6 year old daughter because she absolutely loves them. We would just eat them plain. And of course I would make my famous chocolate covered cherry smoothies for breakfast.

Mayra says …

Eat them all...either raw or in cherry pie...or with my alcoholic beverage or in my home made icecream. :)

Chris says …

Clafoutis!

Meredith says …

I'd use them to experiment with new crusts for my cherry-almond pie (it involves almond paste). The filling is perfect but I need to figure out a crust free of gluten. If chilled a crust of vegan white chocolate & ground almonds might work ;)

gordon says …

definitely a Cherry Pie or two...and reading the other posted comments, that Cherry Chutney really sounds like a good idea...They also go nicely in a roasting mode ...

Gayle says …

I would make a cherry pie. Then I would pit the rest, freeze some on cookie sheets and then freezer bags. Most of these will be used for breakfast(homemade yogurt, homemade granola and cherries)The rest would be made into cherry pie filling and canned. I might also use some fresh ones for a fresh frut salad.

Jennifer says …

Oh my gosh - CHERRIES!! I could put up cherry jam, make cherry cordial, dry them to use in granola, make cherry pie, eat a huge bunch of them fresh while trying to prepare everything else. :) Never enough cherries!!

Kim DiJulio says …

Sweet cherries - like every year; eat them until a belly ache, wait half an hour then eat some more through the whole 10 lbs! Pie cherries are trickier - need a pitter and lots of recipes.

Lindsay says …

The funny thing is that as I am reading about this contest, I was munching down on cherries. Yesterday, before I knew about contest I was photographing cherries. And next week, (or whenever), when I win this contest... I WILL BE ROLLING AROUND IN CHERRIES. I love them so much! I think they're beautiful, delicious, nutritious and the best fruit EVER. I love customizing cheesecake recipes to fit whatever fruit is available. It is very safe to say, a vast majority of these cherries would go towards efforts like that! xoxo

Denise Johnson says …

Perfect for pies! I hope I win, now you've put me in the mood to bake.

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