June 26, 2013

Our sour cherries are ready.  I love those things! (Not just me, but every bird in a 5 mile radius….I have to be quick to get what I want as the birds are thick in the trees.)


Not only are the sour cherries good for pies; but sour cherry juice is good also.  I boil the juice down until it is a thick as I can get it.  Then I bottle it up waiting for the time I make Sour Cherry Ice Cream!!!

This ice cream definitely has a tart cherry flavor, not a sweet cherry, not a maraschino cherry. It’s got depth of flavor and cherry pucker to it.  Some people will not like it at first then ask the next year if you will make it again. 🙂


Here is my recipe:

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

3/4 cup of sugar

1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding

3/4 cup cherry juice  (you can also find cherry juice concentrate in the grocery stores)

2 tsp vanilla

 Combine the cream and milk in a large bowl

Add the sugar and instant vanilla pudding.  Beat until no lumps remain.

Add in the cherry juice and the vanilla.

THE SECRET —-  Refrigerate the ice cream base for at least two hours, or up to overnight.

THEN Freeze in an ice cream maker.

When the machine finishes, scrape the ice cream into a one quart container and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours to ripen and finish hardening.

Yield: 1 quart


Hope you enjoy!



16 thoughts on “June 26, 2013

  1. Your ice cream recipe sounds yummmmm-y! We have gone cherry picking at an orchard in the desert (of all places) and made pies, but the cherries are sweet (Bing and Rainier) and so the pies taste funny. Do sour cherries make good preserves, too?


  2. I am so glad you posted this! Every year I want to pick sour cherries but the season is so short I miss it. Well, I just checked and they have them! I think I will try your recipe.


  3. I find this interesting Linda because we too have a cherry tree with very sour cherries, although
    they are yellow ones. We always leave them for the birds as they are quite uneatable. Maybe I should try this ice cream.


  4. I have been using flavored coffee creamer and low fat milk in my ice cream freezer, it is not as creamy but almost fat free and there are so many flavors to to with the creamers and I add fruit to some of it. I have had some very good results and new flavors with this.


  5. Intense work making it but seems you have a hit on your menu! Glad you are able to snag enough I may have to wrestle a Black Bear or two as all my Berries become ready to eat Over 2 acres of Raspberries and Blackberries no I did not plant them and thought I cut them all up and threw AWAY lol It is cray here with rain and growth boy I wish I could send some of this your way all my New England’s neighbors would too! 🙂 Enjoy your Cherries 🙂


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