Storing cherries properly is essential to preserving their freshness and flavor.
To prolong their shelf life, store cherries in the refrigerator. Place them in a breathable container, such as a perforated plastic bag or a bowl covered with a paper towel. Avoid washing cherries before refrigeration, as moisture can promote mold growth. Instead, wash them just before consumption.
Cherries are delicate fruits and can bruise easily. To prevent damage, handle them gently and avoid stacking or piling them on top of each other. If you have cherries with stems, it's best to leave them intact until ready to eat or use. Removing the stems prematurely can cause cherries to lose moisture and spoil more quickly.
If you have an abundance of cherries and want to store them for an extended period, freezing is a great option. First, wash in cold water and pit the cherries. Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer the cherries to airtight containers or freezer bags and return them to the freezer.
Frozen cherries can be stored for several months and are great for use in smoothies, baked goods, or as a refreshing frozen treat.