Can I freeze cherries with pits left in?
Although it is safe to freeze cherries with pits left in them, it is not very efficient. Since you would never serve cherries in any recipe with the pits left in, they would have to be thawed and pitted before you could use them. Trying to pit a thawed cherry will cause damage to the cherry, making it unappealing for use in many recipes. If you plan to extract the juice for jelly-making at a later time, freezing cherries with the pits in would be alright.
Barbara Willenberg, Nutritional
Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009