Monday, August 16, 2010
MY 1st EXPERIENCE with CHOKE-CHERRIES
Late last week a very good friend passed on to us, 5 pounds of Choke Cherries, that she had gotten from another member of the Knights of Columbus.
I had never eaten them or even worked with them, so I knew it was going to be an adventure.
1st thing was to remove the stems and leaves. Phyllis said she popped the pit out at the same time. Me, being a know-it-all, thought that certainly there was a tool to get the pits. Boy was I wrong!!
Following a recipe from the internet, I cooked them until they were soft, so that they could easily be mashed through a strainer, sieve or food mill.
The strainer just let the juice go through and the pits got caught in the food mill. Yee gads what a mess of this real, rich looking juice and fruit, that I know would stain our fingers, something awful.
At this point the fruit was still hot but we decided to let t cool and follow Phyllis's lead to do each one individually (daunting job to say the least!)
That worked but took the 2 of us, a few hours. Fortunately we had plastic gloves!
At times I can be alittle OCD and was curious how many cherries there actually were. So we weighed 1 oz of pits and then all the pits. There were over 4000 cherries that we had to touch them 2x.
The end result was 10 cups of fruit that I made into 4 pints and 5 -1/2 pints of jam and a pie. The pie was yummy.
Last year for our Christmas open house we heated Brie in the oven with raspberry jam on top and served with crackers. This year I want to try it with the Chokecherry jam, maybe with some orange mixed in.