Sweet or tart, cherries are the bomb, and the harbinger of stone fruit season. If you have more than you can simply pop in your mouth, here's a whole bushel of ways to put them up.
Creamy and sweet-tart, cherry curd is a colorful and tasty alternative to the classic lemon. (Image via Larder Love)
Cook them down to make a thick cherry fruit butter with the added grown up flavors of balsamic vinegar and spicy chiles. (Image via Heart Beet Kitchen)
Cherry Fruit Leather
Cherries make a great fruit leather. You don't even need a dehydrator if you do it in the oven, but if it's too hot, just put the dehydrator outside. (Image via Garden of Eating)
Cherry sauce is a deliciously sweet-tart topping for desserts, a breakfast yogurt stir-in treat or a glaze on roasted meats. (Image via Yankee Kitchen Ninja)
Cherry Chipotle "Not Ketchup"
Erika Kerekes was tired of making jam and decided to turn a pound of ripe plums into a sort of ketchup. It was like ketchup, but much more complex and interesting. (Image via Eating Rules)
Spicy and sweet pickled cherries are the natural accompaniment to barbecue or roasted pork. Also, they make intriguing cocktail garnishes. (Image via Kitchen Apparel)
Cherry Scrap Vinegar
Making vinegar is almost as easy as throwing some sugar, some water and (optionally) some fruit scraps into a container and adding a bit of water. There's really not too much more to it than that! (Image via Phickle)
A drinking vinegar, shrub can be made with fresh cherries, and feel free to add balsamic vinegar, mint or any other flavorings. (Image via Reclaiming Provincial)
Upside to those brandied cherries: You're left with infused booze to make into a cherry liqueur, a.k.a cherry bounce. (Image via Cooking Channel)
Courtesy of my friend Michael Cecconi of Two Sisters Bar and Books, a recipe for homemade balsamic-cherry vermouth, plus a cocktail recipe that uses it.