Should I throw out these cherries?

Should I throw out these cherries?

This is the first of a regular post I’m going to do that will give ideas on what to do with those last or somewhat forgotten food items that, lets’ face it, might be easier to toss.

You can still eat those cherries though! You know the ones…. The last little bowlful from the big bag of cherries you bought last week. Of course you have enjoyed every one you ate, but now your stomach says “no more”.  Besides, they are a little wrinkly and you know you just wouldn’t enjoy them the way you did the others. So it might be easy to leave these questionable fruits in the refrigerator until there is no longer a question. Then they can be safely composted without guilt because…you know…they’re now rotten.

This post is an attempt to share a different kind of  thinking about neglected food that might really be just fine.

So about those cherries….

This isn’t going to be a proper detailed recipe, but an idea and a guideline. Feel free to use your creativity and come up with something completely different.

My idea here is to turn these cherries into a topping that I can put in the fridge and use long after the fresh cherries would have rotted away. My plan is to have it on ice cream or yogurt.20160623_103612.jpg

  • Cut and pit the cherries into a saucepan.
  • Add a few big spoonfuls of honey, the same amount of sugar, a squeeze of lemon juice, pinch of salt and then water to not quite cover.
  • Now get creative and add any or all of the following: cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, orange peel, cardamom, fresh grated ginger….you get the idea. Just use things you have. You could even add raisins (even those old ones in the bottom of the box will plump up in this recipe!) or dried cranberries.
  • Heat and simmer about 10 minutes. This might be a good time to fish out the star anise, cinnamon stick and such.
  • Mix a spoonful of cornstarch with a spoonful of water and stir it in. Take pan off heat.
  • Now add something like bourbon or rum if you want to make it “special”!

There you go. It took about 15-20 minutes and you have yummy goodness instead of guilt!
If you have saved the day for some forgotten food I’d love to hear it in the comments!20160623_201356.jpg

Turns out it went on top of vanilla pudding very nicely!