Cherries -Beyond Pie!



Door County cherries are ready to pick!   This year, think beyond cherry pie (I know that’s hard but try!)

I just got done making a delicious cherry ketchup using the county’s famous Montmorency sour cherries.  The sour cherries are combined with a mixture of honey, brown sugar, and apple cider vinegar.  Then some spices like cinnamon, ginger and allspice are added.   For an extra kick?    A generous pinch of cayenne pepper.

Use immediately (or refrigerate for up to a week) or put in sterilized canning jars and can according to directions.

The cherry ketchup should be prepared ahead as it takes some time to reduce.   If you would like the ketchup can be canned according to regular canning directions using a waterbath.

 Sour Cherry Ketchup
Makes 2 pints

3 cups pitted sour cherries
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon dried ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch of cayenne pepper(to taste)
a pinch of salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepot.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes or until fruit is tender.  

Let cool slightly and blend in a food processor or blender until smooth.  If the ketchup seems too liquid, reduce a little further, however the mixture will thicken as it cools.   Refrigerate or place in sterilized jars and process using traditional canning techniques.


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4 Responses to Cherries -Beyond Pie!

  1. nita Carlson says:

    Hi Terri, Can’t wait to try this. I have three notebooks of your recipes and not one of your best ever Chicken Salad. I remember tarragon, maybe some kind of fruit, nuts??? It’s probably somewhere on your website but opposed to my skills in the kitchen my results on the computer are miserable. Miss you and all the wonderful times I had at the Inn at Kristofer’s .

    Love, Nita

    • Chef Terri says:

      Nita, so glad to hear from you. Sorry for the delay in response. It has been a a busy July. When the season dies down a bit, lets make sure to get together for lunch. I think Janice Thomas wanted to join in as well.

  2. Sue Dahnert says:

    I can’t wait to pick my cherries and try this ketchup. I have tried almost all your summer recipes and enjoyed everyone of them. Thank YOU for sharing Terri! We need a cooking course in Green Bay!

    • Chef Terri says:

      I do classes in Appleton at the Wire Whisk – that’s the closest to Green Bay I am right now! The ketchup is delicious. Just made it at a Wire Whisk class.

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