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Folks, Managed 6 lbs of sour cherries.....

 
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billfromlachine



Joined: 08 Jul 2018
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Location: Montreal Canada
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 18 11:37 pm    Post subject: Folks, Managed 6 lbs of sour cherries.....  Reply with quote    

Folks,

Being an urban dweller I still manage a bit of foraging either in municipal parks or the odd time like today.

Asking someone nearby if they were going to use the sour cherries that were growing in their tree. It's a young couple who recently had a baby and previously they had done jam but don't have the time this season for obvious reasons.

So I got 6 lbs of sour cherries for about 1/2 hour of effort. I'll be giving them some jams as a thank you gift and probably pick some more tomorrow for freezing both for them and us.



tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44144
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

they do make excellent jam

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Looks good. I managed to buy some English cherries a couple of days ago for eating, and they were lovely, far better than the imported ones.

billfromlachine



Joined: 08 Jul 2018
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Location: Montreal Canada
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir,

Yes they do I think the next batch will be just pitted with light syrup rather than jam. That way they can be used on yoghurt, ice cream, etc....

Regards

Bill

tahir wrote:
they do make excellent jam

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Looks good. I managed to buy some English cherries a couple of days ago for eating, and they were lovely, far better than the imported ones.


They are indeed, especially this year with no rain. I think we've harvested around 250kg this week.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44144
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We make a cherry sauce too haven't tried with sour cherries but with sweet:

2 kgs cherries
100g sugar

Cooked till soft then blended

We pasteurise in jam jars.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 6360
Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've been picking Geans..Wild Cherries..they seem to be ripening well this year,although it is a race with the birds!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 18 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the local birds are usually faster than me.

round here they get up early and know exactly where to get breakfast

billfromlachine



Joined: 08 Jul 2018
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Location: Montreal Canada
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 18 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Folks,

Well when I was picking the sour cherries the birds were squaking at me and picking the cherries higher up in the tree at the same time....lol.

I did manage another 5 1/2 lbs at a 2nd picking and brought some jam and pitted cherries in syrup to the owners as a thank you.

Regards

Bill

gz



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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 18 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We competed in the Alva Highland Games today (on our bikes) and afterwards found the cherry trees in the park laden with ripe cherries...very like the wild geans but dark and ripe. I'm surprised how many were left on the trees even higher up...lack of birds?

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