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Cherries are the spotlight for this edition of Summer Fest . Ruby jewels bursting with the flavor of summer. I love them enough to give canning a whirl!!
I’ve always wanted to learn to can. To be able to capture the flavor of summer and enjoy those flavors in the mundane months of winter is something I have longed for.
Then two weeks ago, my mom came for a quick visit. As we pushed our cart along the grocery aisle in search of our dinner ingredients she spotted a magazine near the canning equipment.
The magazine’s cover read “120 ways to savor the season year-round.” Sounds interesting, below this read “10 super simple no-brainer canning recipes.” SOLD!
As I scanned the pages looking for the no brainer part I came upon a recipe for Honey-Bourbon Pickled Blueberries. Bourbon pickled blueberries, now we’re talking.
The only problem was this girl only has tequila, easy solution I swapped out the bourbon for tequila. No brainer. Being the Summer Fest theme was cherries, I used cherries.
The overall process was pretty easy, as long as your prepped and of course you remain clam. I have a habit of “freaking,” out when trying a new recipe. I hate waste.
I began my canning in the early morning hours to avoid a busy kitchen and I also wanted to take my time to soak in the process.
I’d like to share a few quick tips as I am also learning. Try to prep the night before, have all your tools such as measuring spoons or cups, ladle, ruler, jars, kitchen towels. etc. etc. ready. Research your recipe and have the proper jars and lids.
Keep your area clean and take your time with each jar. Measure your head space twice, this ensures a proper seal. Try to release as much of the air bubbles that you can, this step can be slow (it was for me)but will produce better results.
Invest in a cherry pitter and wear dark clothes.
I have to say I really enjoyed these pickles cherries. We enjoyed them over a batch of freshly baked biscuits. The flavor of the tequila was subtle but it did provide a warm flavor background. They will be a great summer flavor for my winter treats.
I used a Tequila Añejo, which is a tequila aged for about 1 year. The tequilain the agin process darken to an amber color and the flavors become richer.
And if by some small chance you should have a little bundle of cherries left over I leave you with my Cherry Margarita recipe. Because your so worth it!!
We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Today, we’re exploring cherries!
from the FNDISH
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Tequila Pickled Cherries
adapted from Better Homes and Garden Canning Issue
for Honey-Bourbon Pickled Blueberries
3 inches stick cinnamon
1 tsp whole allspice
1 1/4 cups white wine vinegar
8 cups blueberries (i used cherries)
1/4 cup bourbon (i used cherries)
1 3/4 cups honey
1. For spice bag, place cinnamon and allspice in the center of a double thick, 6 inch square of 100 percent-cotton cheesecloth.
Bring up corners; tie closed with clean kitchen string.
2. In a 4-6 quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick heavy pot, combine vinegar and spice bag.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered for 5 minutes.
Add blueberries (cherries) and bourbon (tequila).
Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes or just until syrup is heated through, gently shaking the pot (to avoid breaking the berries, do not stir).
Remove from heat; cover and let stand at room temperature for 8 to 12 hours.
3. Remove spice bag; discard.
Pour the blueberry(cherry) mixture into a colander set over a large bowl; reserve liquid.
4. Ladle hot blueberries (cherries) into hot, sterilized half pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2 inch head space.
5. For syrup, return the reserved liquid to the pot; stir in honey.
Bring to boiling, stirring occasionally.
Boil, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until syrup is slightly thickened.
Ladle hot syrup over blueberries (cherries), leaving a 1/2 inch head space. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids.
Discard any remaining syrup.
6. Process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling).
Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.
makes 6 half-pints
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Magic of Spice says
No one makes better use of tequila that you do…this is fantastic!
What a wonderful recipe! I loved the idea of switching bourbon for tequila – what a great idea! I can’t wait to try this recipe myself. I really liked your post- so much so that I shared it on my blog: http://www.mexfoodrecipes.com. I hope you’ll take a moment to check it out. Have a great day! Maria
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Lori Lynn says
Hi Vianney – I was too busy to participate in summerfest this round but I am so glad you did! These cherries sound amazing, with tequila – love that flavor combination.
Stephanie @cookinfanatic says
Oh wow yummmmm! My mom actually called me to tell me about the cherry margarita (she reads your blog too) and how much she wants to try it. Maybe I see a weekend margarita adventure in the near future, sounds deelish!
Though it’s cherry season now, the price is still not cheap in Singapore. The cherries look so vibrant and tempting!!
Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet says
I love what you did to these cherries.
Love it! When I reduce down my strawberries, I usually use rum or brandy. This cherry tequila version sounds like a great twist!
Carolyn Jung says
Ya know, I pitted a pound or so of cherries and froze them a few weeks ago. Oooh, might just have to break out the tequila now to make this fab pickled version.
I have been thinking about canning fruits and veggies for summer as well. You got me on the right track Bonnie. And you and only you can make tequila pickling magical.
I love pickled cherries, and tequila sounds great in them! These will be so great to have in the winter.
[email protected] says
Shear brilliance. I want a jar of those cherries ever so badly!
Heavenly Housewife says
What a fun way of using up cherries! I can think of so many uses for this!
I wish I had this recipe two weeks ago when cherries exploded at my CSA — so creative and looks beyond delicious!
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Wow I love everything here – color, styling, photos, and recipe!!! I think cherries seasons is almost over here. I have to see if there are some good cherries left in the market. Very nice post!
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as a kid I loved eating red fruit. cherries, strawberries, pomegranates, raspberries etc. this looks ultra-awesome to me 🙂
You are one brave woman! I always steer clear of cherry desserts/recipes because I dread pitting them. Thank you for sharing with me. I’m about ready to curl up in bed, and now I’ll have sweet dreams. I hope you have a great end to your week. Much love!
5 Star Foodie says
The pickled cherries sound absolutely fabulous with tequila and honey. My mom always has so many cherries, and she’s about to bring a bunch, this would be a terrific recipe.
Heather @girlichef says
Oh, yes please! I want to make the original w/ blueberries and bourbon and your version w/ cherries and tequila!! It sounds beyond amazing.
I love the description, “Ruby jewels bursting with the flavor of summer. ” Yum!
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner says
OH MY F’ING GOSH! I’m sorry. I sort of swore. But really??? This is the best thing I’ve ever heard of!!!
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
Muy Bueno Cookbook says
Anything “a la” cherry is always a favorite summer treat of mine. I love the added bonus of tequila. Thanks for sharing. Added to my ‘Summer to do list’.
Hi SweetLife! I have been missing you…life has gotten away from me this summer! But, I know just where to come when I am ready for a drink 🙂 (Or some tequila soaked cherries) I think it’s awesome that you tried canning. I am a big chicken about canning (botulism = super scary) and admire folks who try it successfully (and without paralysis!). Plus, this recipe sounds delicious. I’ve got to jump the fence and go for it, don’t I?
Glad you stopped by. I loved stopping by your bew blog!! great read!! Canning, you should go for it!!
take care! Bonnie
A Canadian Foodie says
woops – I see it does call for bourbon anyway – and we do love that. I am IN!
A Canadian Foodie says
These look gorgeous – and it is the time to preserve, for sure – but I am definitely not a tequila fan. What other spirit would make a tasty substitute in this recipe… would brandy work?
Kitchen Belleicious says
Oh i love the combo here. The tequila with the cherries. You could serve this over anything or by all means just eat it by the spoonful:) Looks incredible!
I’ve quick pickled cherries before and they were amazing. But they didn’t even have the slightest bit of alcohol in them! Which means that they weren’t AS amazing as they could be. I think it’s time I make these!
Mandy - The Complete Cook Book says
These have to be the best cherries in the whole world!
This looks very inviting. It’s cherry season now. That first picture looks too tempting….mmmm.
Maris (In Good Taste) says
Love cherries and love Tequila so win win for me!
Belinda @zompp says
After my heart…
That is an interesting recipe! I bet they taste wonderful. I bet they’d make a perfect accompaniment to vanilla ice cream.
Umm Mymoonah says
Lovely bowl of cherries, I love the contrast colours in the picture.