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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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Brian Twidt says …

My family would eat some and make pies from them.

AshleyLynne says …

I would eat them! :) I never get to buy 'em cuz they are pretty expensive but I think a cherry is best eaten all by itself!

Sandra Sego says …

pies, pies, and more pies!

chanel says …

eat them.

Donna Rubright says …

Make jam out of them!

Cathy F. says …

Divy it up between my friends then host a pot-luck with all different cherry-based recipes!

Mary Capps says …

Lots of cherry smoothies - and mayhaps add some to a bottle of vodka for a homemade cherry kirsch!

Barbara Issak says …

I'd use about 4 lbs to make 2 Cherry Pies for the family to enjoy, using our Grandma's recipe. Then, I'd clean and freeze another 4 lbs, so we can enjoy cherries months later. The best for last, we'd eat the remaining few lbs because we really like cherries. I'd like to try your cherry salmon recipe. Thanks!

Mary says …

I would probably eat about 2 pounds right out of hand. The rest I would turn into cherry sorbet, pickled cherries for cocktails, and frozen cherries for use later in the year. Absolutely adore fresh cherries.

Marilyn Beitler says …

A case of cherries? I would make smokey chicken salad wraps with dried cherries, and dark chocolate cherry oatmeal cookies..

Aleksandra says …

I would keep enough for my huge family and give the rest away so they can experience the feeling of the abundance of cherries like I did when I was growing up and my parents had a huge garden and a big cherry tree.

Robert Woods says …

I would share them with my neighbors and friends and enjoy the rest myself under a nice shade tree. I have smoked cherry's in my smoker and then put them into lemonade a very nice touch for the 4th of July ;)

Shannon Carmean says …

I'm currently exploring the world of Raw Food and i'd love to have a whole case of cherries to experiment with. I'm convinced that with enough yummy trial and error, I can come up with a raw version of a Black Forrest Cake!

M. Clarisa says …

In most urban communities, it is easier to find fried chicken, potato chips and candy, than it is to find a fresh fruit stand. Additionally, cherries are not the most economical fruit available. I would share the case locally with families looking for a healthy snack and alternative to the junk foods so easily found in the community.

Sarah G says …

I would freeze them, so I can enjoy them in smoothies and pies all year around! (I'd probably keep enough out to make one pie right away. ;))

Caroline Owens says …

I'm thinking I'd get my mother on board and take all those cherries to her house and try as many frozen treat recipes as possible and then have a big tasting with all my family members. We like to do that sort of thing and then vote for best and worst. Ideas: cherry chocolate chunk ice cream, cherry sorbet, cherry fruit pops, cherry ice cream cake.... Part of the fun would be looking up interesting recipes!

Arete says …

10 pounds of cheeries is quite the mother mode. The first thing I'd do is make some Buckles, which were recently aired on Alton Brown's Good Eats. I just made one with blueberries as the recipe called for, but I'm certain cherries would make a good substitute. With that many cherries I'd consider making one for our work places and maybe one for us to enjoy with family. Secondly I'd clean, pit, and freeze 2 or 3 lbs worth, just as Alton probably would. Single layer on cookie sheets in the freezer. Once frozen place in bags. One more pound just cleaned and stemmed for snacking or (then pitted) mixed in with spinach/walnut for salad. I could also consider muffins/bread for a work snack after the buckles and maybe an interesting cherry-stuffing to accompany chicken for dinner. Cherries, Yum-Yum good!

Felechia says …

I would eat them all...one by one. :-) I love cherries! Unfortunately as a kid the most experience I had with cherries were on top of a hot fudge sundae. I did enjoy many other fruits such as blackberries, muscadines, and plums in my grandmother's backyard. I never really gave cherries a second thought until a co-worker introduced me to Rainier cherries a few years ago. Oh my! I was hooked! :-) I started looking forward to cherry season and trying different varieties. I honestly love eating them raw. No pie. No cake. No cookies. Just rinse and eat. :-) If I was selected to win a case of cherries I suppose I could share with family, friends and co-workers but as an only child I'm thinking of keeping them all to myself! Thanks!

Sarah Sanders says …

i would certainly start with a cherry pie. would have a few to just eat by the handful. I would use some to make a cherry chutney which is tantalizing. then it would be a huge debate to go with homemade cherry strudel, or black forest cherry cake, or even possibly cherry preserves. If there was any left over i would freeze them to enjoy later in the year.

tara says …

Cherry pie, cherry sorbet, cherry sauce, fruit pops and more!

Natasha says …

I would probably eat most of them straight but I'd love to try some of the great recipes you've been posting for cherries lately.

James McCormack says …

If I had a case of cherries, I would very much enjoy some of them in their original jackets and not make a pie. I think the greatest pleasure would come with sharing them with family, friends, and especially the children in the summer camp that I help out at in Jersey City.

Lynette says …

I would marinade a good bunch of them in vodka and place each one lovingly inside a cherry jello shot and have a party at my house.

Amy says …

Oh yum! I was dreaming about a cherry and cream cheese coffee cake last night, and wishing I had some cherries to make it with!

Roberta Friedman says …

The first thing I would do with a case of cherries would be to shout out how excited I am!! There are so many good things to do with a case of cherries: cold cherry soup; cherry pie; washing and eating whole cherries; cherry salsa; cherry cobbler; cherries jubilee; dried cherries; cherry fruit salad; cherry cake; cherry smoothie; and cherry and pork tenderloin. Cherries, cherries, cherries!! Yum!

kimberly says …

snack on some fresh, and pit & freeze the rest of them for smoothies, cherry pies, cherry compote, and canning throughout the non-season!

Holly E says …

I would eat them straight with my son and husband. My husband is the creative one when comes to cooking so he would whip up something that we haven't tried yet. I am lucky to have such a good hubby. lol

Royce Lowe says …

I have sweet memories of pitting a basket of cherries on the back porch with my grandma. There is nothing sweeter than fresh cherries! Then, we would make pies, tarts and jelly. If I'm lucky enough to win the Washington cherries I would invite my three grandchildren to enjoy the same experience with me! Hope I win!

Serilda Temple says …

Yummm! First I'd eat myself into a blissful state of cherry oblivian, then I'd start thinking of others and begin to share with friends and family. And then, if there's any left, I'd freeze them to eat during the winter.

Walter D'Agostino says …

I would make a pie, ice cream topping, some sorbet and the remainder I would eat raw,

Miki says …

I would definitely eat a bunch of them and share the rest. I don't know anyone who doesn't love cherries!

Christine says …

Oh the endless possibilities....cherry parfaits, cherry pies, cherry smoothies

Xkun says …

I would eat some and then frozen the rest so I can enjoy them longer

Debbie Kirk says …

Oh my, I will figure it out quick! But to start: cobbler, smoothies, freeze some, share with my friends!

Jessica says …

I would share it with my neighbors!!!!

Sherri McConaghy says …

If I had an entire case of cherries, I would freeze them. That way, I would have cherries for my breakfast smoothies all winter long. Yum. Frozen cherry goodness.

Deb Ward says …

With a case of cherries I would make some pies, dry some for tea and hopefully prepare some cherry preserves as well!

Tracy Roddy says …

I actually bought them at WF yesterday since they are only 2.99 per lb! I'm pregnant and was craving home baked cherry pie. Hand pitted 4 cups by hand.... What would I do?? Hmmmm, if u didn't eat the whole case in a sitting? Well, I'd bake all my pregnant girlfriends a cherry pie....

Carrie Strope says …

10 lbs?!? Yummy! So, I'd definitely eat about a quarter before I had the chance to actually DO anything with them! Then, perhaps a nice frozen treat with yogurt and infusions of hibiscus and elderflowers!

Teri says …

I would EAT THEM! Fresh cherries... cherry cobbler... cherry pie... cherry limeade... cherry cheesecake...

Tish Tillis says …

If I had a case of cherries, I would take them over to my cousin's house. She recently had a baby and during birth she and the baby almost died. She is home from the hospital now, but the baby is still in NICU. She and her husband have seven other children in addition to this new miracle. If I won the case I would take it over there along with my four children and we would spend the day making cherry pies and forgetting about how sick their mother is, how much the hospital bills are and everything else. We could just focus on the natural goodness of the cherries and do some healing through good old fashioned eating!

miriam says …

Why ruin a good thing? My husband and I would devour them right from the box (washed of course). If I had some soft ones, I would make an old fashioned fruit soup that my great grandmother and grandmother both made. It was a European delicacy when they were growing up and I love it, as well. Recipe: Put all soft fruit into a pot, pits and all. I usually use peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries. Add some sugar or Splenda, a little water and cook until soft and all the skin starts to dissolve. This can be eaten warm or cold as a dessert or an appetizer. It's also great drizzled over pancakes, wafles, pound cake or ice cream. Enjoy!!!!!

tammie says …

first, share some with my friends. second, freeze some for over the winter months and third, find a recipe to include fresh cherries everyday till they're gone!

Ryan says …

pie, jubilee, preserve, pork wig cherry sauce & EAT, EAT, EAT!!!!

Brenda says …

I would pit them and freeze most. And make cherry pies. There would be a contest to see who got the most pits in their piece of pie - because my pies are never pitless!

Michael Poisson says …

Being a diabetic, I'd have to share with friends. I could eat them all.

Marlene says …

I would try to make brandied cherries like my aunt use to do in Germany. It brings back such wonderful memories of days long gone.

Tammy Heltzel says …

I dehydrate them and use them all year long, just did 20 pounds. I mix them into my homemade granola and my own homemade yogurt, ymmy!!!!!!!

JJ says …

I would take most of them to work. I work at a parrot sanctuary (www.projectperry.com) and they LOVE cherries. I'd keep a few out to make treats for us humans (cherry pies are my fave) but I've also been through a few bags of cherries just as they are, sharing with the birds at home (and sometimes even my husband HAHA!)

Margie Buckley says …

I would share the wealth of cherries with my friends and then make a cheesecake cherry pie :)

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