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    I love sour cherries, and Nankin cherries are all ripe now and ready for picking, but what to do with them if i can't do jam/jellie? I froze a few, just to eat frozen, and they can't be used in a smootie, because of pits. Or should I try to boil and juice them without sugar and freeze that juice for making smoothies?
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    You could try pre-mashing them, and then freezing the mash in ice cube trays. You could also go for pickling them, but they will lose some of that Nankin flavor.

    I don't know if you drink, but you can also use cherries to infuse liquors. Awesome with whiskeys, rums, and vodka.

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    You can pit them and then freeze them. Or dehydrate them. If you cook them down, they'll make a nice jam but it should definitely be kept in the freezer if you're not adding sugar and canning by boiling it in the can. I think you can pressure-can without added sugar, but I don't know that for a fact.
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    Nope, i do not drink, and life's too short to pit nanking cherries, lol. They are the size of a pea, LOL!

    I think I am going to boil and mush the way the recipes start, then strain and freeze in the ice cubes. The only concern I have was that when I froze orange juice concentrate in the ice cubes, it won't come out, they are never frozen solid, I have to keep it in the tray and dig out each cube individually with a fork.
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    Ah, I wasn't aware they were so small. I know there are devices for pitting normal sized cherries, but they probably wouldn't work on those. I wish I could find sour cherries around here. I hear about how wonderful they are, but have never gotten to try them.

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    You normally wouldn't find sour cherries in stores. I have two sour cherry trees (with relatively large size cherries, but not bing cherry size, lol), plus a nanking, but they are all first year, so no crop till next year. But there are plenty of nanking cherries on the community grounds, so I am going to pick some of those like last year.
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    Hi Leida,

    Do you know where I can find sour cherries in Calgary? I'd like to pick some but I can't find any.
    Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leida View Post
    You normally wouldn't find sour cherries in stores. I have two sour cherry trees (with relatively large size cherries, but not bing cherry size, lol), plus a nanking, but they are all first year, so no crop till next year. But there are plenty of nanking cherries on the community grounds, so I am going to pick some of those like last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glbrown View Post
    Hi Leida,

    Do you know where I can find sour cherries in Calgary? I'd like to pick some but I can't find any.
    Thanks.
    Look in back alleys in older neighbourhoods. I'm in Brentwood and they're all over the place.

    Leida, unfortunately boiling/mashing them is more trouble than it's worth for what you get out of it. I simmered down a huge bowl of them the other day and after straining (which took ages), I was left with about a cup and a half of thick liquid.
    I plan on taking a bunch out to BC with me boating this weekend and will enjoy them one at a time after they've had a long soak in a vat of vodka with a bunch of other fruit friends.

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    I think you can pressure-can without added sugar, but I don't know that for a fact too

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