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Subject:A solution for every problem
Time:11:15 pm
Last Sunday I had a fairly long list of errands to run and things to pick up. One of the things was a trip to the farmers' market, and another was to pick up cherry syrup (for Italian sodas.) Somewhere along the line, I realized that buying cherry syrup was probably sub-optimal, and that I could find good cherries at the market. I didn't, but I picked some up at the grocery store a few days ago.

This evening I pitted a few pounds of cherries, cooked them until they released their juices, and then strained the juice out. The juice became cherry syrup. I was left with a big pile of mushy but very tasty cooked cherry bits, and nothing to do with them. Hrmmmmm. It would be a shame to let those go to waste.

A bottle of brandy solved that problem quite nicely.
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mspurrmeow
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Time:2009-08-17 07:09 am (UTC)
You are downright resourceful.
Good thing that bottle of brandy had nothing better to do with itself.
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violet_tigress1
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Time:2009-08-17 08:24 am (UTC)
Yum!
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greeklady
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Time:2009-08-17 04:38 pm (UTC)
Other pitting techniques.... breadboard, flat of a good knife and a good wack with your hand. You will get juice in places. I sacrifice a tea towel or a paper towel on this kind of project.

@ whipartist how long do you leave the cherries in the brandy? I have heard of it, I just don't know how it works.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-08-17 05:26 pm (UTC)
Dunno. I just stuck the mess in the refrigerator. I think a few weeks is typical when you're canning them.
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greeklady
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Time:2009-08-24 05:17 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it turns out! I am not drinking right now for the next few months, but I'd love to try it next summer if it is successful.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-08-17 05:25 pm (UTC)
I just cooked the cherries whole. I didn't pit them, just smushed them open as I put them into the pot. Since my plan was to only care about the juice, I didn't worry about the aesthetics of the remaining cherry mush.

This left me having to filter out the pits from the mush by hand. I don't recommend this technique.
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gayathri
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Time:2009-08-18 02:47 am (UTC)
i've been wanting to brandy cherries on my own after having the ones sold at Cask for 16$ a bottle...

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