Pickled Cherries

Simple pickled cherries are my new favorite way to enjoy summertime cherries. Ready in just under an hour and still perfectly sweet.

Simple pickled cherries are my new favorite way to enjoy summertime cherries. Ready in just under an hour and still perfectly sweet.

Cherries are my true summer love. When I see them for the first time in the store I almost jump for joy. Then I immediately get annoyed because the price will be out of this world expensive and I refuse to let myself buy them. Mostly because I know I will get home, eat the entire bag and then be annoyed at myself for eating an entire 2-pound bag of cherries that cost me $12.

However, when cherries go on sale I’m all over them. I will buy ginormous bags that I will turn into pie, cocktails, and frozen yogurt. I love almost anything made with fresh cherries but if you ever try to give me something made with cherry pie filling I will immediately turn my nose up. That is where I draw the line folks. Cherry pie filling is a poor substitution for fresh cherries and soooooooo not the same thing.

*Wanna make cherry pitting easy? I use the OXO cherry pitter and it is the bombdigity! 

Simple pickled cherries are my new favorite way to enjoy summertime cherries. Ready in just under an hour and still perfectly sweet.

It was just recently that I learned that I love pickled fruit. I have always had a weird love of pickled food but when you take all that delicious pickled-ness and throw in cherries you have heaven in a jar. I have been eating these little jewels of pickled happiness plain but they go great on salad and sandwiches as well.

In the near future, my plan is to also share recipes for pickled blueberries, strawberries and peaches. This just might be the summer of the pickled fruit. I feel like I’m in that episode of Portlandia where they go around saying “We can pickle that!”

At this point in my life, I’m pretty sure I can pickle just about anything.

Well, within reason.

Simple pickled cherries are my new favorite way to enjoy summertime cherries. Ready in just under an hour and still perfectly sweet.

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Pickled Cherries

Simple pickled cherries are my new favorite way to enjoy summertime cherries. Ready in just under an hour and still perfectly sweet.

Yield: 1 quart jar

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes per batch

Total Time: 25 minutes plus resting time

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 pound fresh cherries, stemmed and pitted
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat and add apple cider vinegar, water, dark brown sugar and peppercorns. Cook until the sugar dissolves.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add in cherries and thyme. Cook for about 5 minutes until the cherries have just started to soften.

Add cherries to the quart jar and top with strained vinegar mixture.

Let cool on the counter, cover and refrigerate. Let set overnight before using.

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24 Responses to “Pickled Cherries”

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    Rebecca {foodie with family} — July 21, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I’ve never seen Portlandia, but I feel like that could be quoting me. 😀 I’m a fiend for all things pickled. I want to try your version of pickled cherries, too!

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    Julie — July 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    I lovvvvvve my cherry pitter. It is a lifesaver!

    Also, I really want to try pickled fruit. But none of my friends or my husband are into the idea, so I’d be stuck with the whole giant jar. Harumph!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — July 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    I always load up on cherries when they are on sale… My husband loves them! But yes, so expensive. We would love these pickled cherries! Great idea 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Back For Seconds — July 21, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I have never tried pickled cherries – they sound awesome!

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    Brenda@SugarFreeMom — July 21, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve never tried pickling anything and cherries like this sound so good! Must give it a try now!

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    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — July 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I have never seen or heard of pickled cherries. Color me intrigued!

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    Crystal Barrett — July 22, 2014 at 9:04 am

    What a GREAT idea!!

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    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — July 22, 2014 at 9:08 am

    YUM, I love pickled cherries! My aunt makes them all the time and she always sends me some! 🙂

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — July 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I love cherries, like a serious obsession, but I’ve never pickled them before. I can’t wait to try!

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    Ginny McMeans — July 22, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I have never had pickled cherries but you have made me a believer. Thanks!

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — July 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Portlandia is a fun show lol and I want to try these cherries!

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    Shawn @ IWYD — July 22, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    These look amazing! I have a pound of cherries in my fridge and I think I know what I’m going to do with them now! YUM!

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    christine — July 22, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I’m thinking it’s no coincidence that I bought a giant bag of cherries yesterday!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — July 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I just happen to have a ton of cherries! So yeah, making these!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — July 22, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Oh how cool!! My mom makes pickled cherries – I bet she’d love to see your recipe!! I feel the same way about cherries. Where I grew up, they’d be ripe at the height of the season so I associate them with hot lazy summer days! I actually tried to buy cherries twice and here is how it went down: Me – see cherries in the store, check price (reasonable) grab two bags, run to the check out just to realize that the “reasonable” price was per pound and not per bag 🙁 Twice, I had to set them back as I just can’t bring myself to pay $20 for two handful of cherries! Gah!! Looking at your beautiful pictures makes it all better, though 😉

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — July 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I want to slurp these right up!

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    Diane {Created by Diane} — July 22, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    GENIUS, I’m off to get more cherries!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — July 22, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Bring on the pickled cherries!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Ok, I really love this!

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    kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox — July 23, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Holy moly, these look amazing! It never occurred to me to pickle cherries but why not!

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    Samantha — July 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I’ve been wanting to preserve cherries this summer. I only have a few weeks left to get on that!

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    Joanne Bruno — July 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I’ve made pickled cherries before, and they are kind of some of the best things on this earth! I wholly approve of your pickling obsession. And I feel one starting to take over on my end as well!

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