Step 1: Wash your cherries.
A cold water rinse works well, or you can choose to use a fruit/vegetable spray as well.
Step 2: Remove the stems.
It’s important to wait to remove the stems until you are ready to use/freeze cherries, as the stem helps maintain the fruit’s freshness.
Step 3: Pit the cherries.
You can opt to freeze cherries whole, pit and all, but as you will probably use the cherries right out of the freezer in a smoothie or feed them to my toddler (once thawed), chose to save time later and do this step now.
Step 4: Spread pitted cherries in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
Step 5: Place cherries in freezer.
The time for freezing cherries will vary based on your freezer settings.
Step 6: Remove from freezer and place in bags.
Once the cherries were frozen, remove them from the cookie sheet and placed them in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag. Date the bag so you know when to toss them (if you haven’t used them up by then). Cherries will keep in the freezer for 6 months, or up to a year in a deep freezer.
Step 7: Place cherries back in freezer.
The frozen cherries go back into the freezer until it is time to use them.