As I mentioned, two trees in our back yard here in the park turned out to be cherry trees this year – they are covered with plump, sour cherries. I spent several hours on Friday up in the tree picking handfuls of them to turn into – JUICE. I had heard that Sour Cherry Juice was really good for you – and it sells for $8 a quart in the store. I simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be thrifty and healthy at the same time and turn this free abundance into juice.
I borrowed a Mehu-Maija from my mother-in-law and dumped the cherries in. (pronounced like ‘Nehemiah’ but with an ‘M’ – this is the bestest and funnest way to make juice!) In a few hours it would be juice I would bottle and save for the long, cold months of winter. I sealed the juice right in old juice containers – I just screwed the lids on tight after filling with hot juice and they just sealed themselves.
Meanwhile, (while I was up in the cherry tree picking more during naptime) I got the call that my sweet cherry order was in at the local Amish Grocery. Ahhh! I was hoping they would come in before we left on vacation, but today we were already up to our ears in cherries (literally!) Nevertheless, the price was so good ($23 for 20Lbs.) I once again couldn’t resist and off I went to pick up more cherries.
I was up till midnight de-stemming and stoning cherries, and finally quit to take a hot shower to soothe my tired muscles (tree climbing is a little more tiring than I remember). Also, just ask anyone who saw me that day – I was covered in purple cherry juice! I thought about my day and how I had never been tired of cherries before, but I thought I’d gotten my fill today. That’s when I noticed the distinct smell of cherries – right in the shower! It was my shampoo – Suave Wild Cherry Blossom. I had to laugh – I had definatley had enough cherries for the day!
I spent several more hours over the holiday weekend trying to get them all put away before they went bad. Last night I put the last bag in the freezer – to be made into smoothies and shakes and my favorte “Cherry Bomb” Icecream. (recipe coming soon – still needs a little tweaking)