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CHERRIES - FRESH, RAW

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4-10 days
Freezer
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10-12 months

Tips

  • How long do cherries last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - for maximum shelf life, keep cherries refrigerated at all times.
  • How long do cherries last at room temperature? Cherries should only be left out at room temperature if being consumed within the same day, as cherries are highly perishable and do not ripen after being picked.
  • Refrigerate cherries in a plastic bag; discard any bruised or moldy cherries before refrigerating.
  • To extend the shelf life of cherries, do not wash the cherries until ready to eat or use.
  • How long do cherries last in the refrigerator? Properly stored, cherries will usually keep for about 4 to 10 days in the fridge.
  • Can you freeze whole cherries? Yes, to freeze: (1) Wash, stem and pit cherries; (2) Add 3/4 cup sugar to each quart of cherries and stir until sugar is dissolved; (3) Place in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
  • How long do whole cherries last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cherries that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How to tell if cherries are bad or spoiled? Cherries that are spoiling will typically become soft and mushy and their color will deteriorate; discard cherries if mold appears or if the cherries have an off smell or appearance.

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