I just got a bag of frozen cherries.
Are they supposed to eat directly, or after they are unfrozen, or after I cook them?
I have never eaten frozen berries before, but just fresh berries.
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Frozen berries as noted elsewhere have a mushier texture than fresh, so perhaps aren't great for eating in the hand; but they are excellent to pair with plain yogurt. My wife eats plain yogurt with cherries or blueberries directly out of the freezer, not fully thawed, all the time. She usually microwaves them briefly to take the chill off and partially thaw them, but I don't believe she fully thaws them.
Smoothies are the other main use I have for frozen berries, they go directly in and make the smoothie nice and cold.
Fully frozen cherries would be too hard to eat really, you could suck on them I guess but that seems like a stretch.
Like all foods, therw is no one correct way to eat cherries. Here are some things I like to do with frozen berries. If these cherries are pitted, all of these suggestions apply. Otherwise, you will need to either eat them whole or thaw them and pit them yourself to use them in anything, unless you plan to eat them whole, which is tasty aso well.
Eat them frozen.
Eat them thawed.
Eat them partially thawed.
Eat them frozen in a bowl with cream-- it's like ice cream, but with less work and no sugar.
Blend them with milk and banana for a smoothie.
Put them in a bowl of oatmeal. You don't even need to thaw them first.
Heat them up with a bit of water, and some sweetener if you want, to make a fruit syrup.
Mix them in with pancake batter.
Make cherry muffins.
Make a pie.
Frozen fruits like that (cherries or cranberries) will give better results when cooked.
Cranberries can be eaten raw, but they are tart and should be eaten very fresh; most of the time they are cooked.
Cherries can be eating raw if they are fresh, when frozen, better to cook them.
Thawing the fruits will render them mushy.
You can eat them frozen or put them in a smoothie frozen.
If you are going to thaw them then do it slowly in the refrigerator.
If you rapid thaw it will create more thermal stress and break the fruit up.
In a delicate fruit like a strawberry a rapid thaw will turn it to a soup. I worked in restaurants and saw it time and time again.
In freezing same thing. Cool them first in fridge and then freeze.
I like to suck on frozen cherries. But mostly defrost them and add them to yogurt. Frozen grapes are lovely to chew on, and both cherries and grapes are nice added to a glass of cold water, especially in the summer. I also put cherries, and other fruits in ice lolly Molds, add cherry juice, or other juice, and freeze.