I.Q.F. stands for individually quick frozen. The cherries are easy to use since they are frozen like marbles instead of a solid mass. I just sold a 10 pound bag of balatons cherries in my fruit stand. My customer said she eats a coffee cup full every evening. She lets them thaw a bit and eats them with a toothpick. Sounds like fun to me. I will be baking up 10 pies this week-end for a fundraiser at Charlevoix library. The musical afternoon will benefit Haiti.
Monthly Archive for February, 2010
Lean ground turkey simmered with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, garlic, Bell pepper, cilantro, chili powder, cumin, mustard powder and chopped dried cherries
4 ounces dried tart cherries, chopped (3/4 cup)
2 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 roasted red Bell pepper, cut into 1/4″ cubes
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups chopped fire-roasted* tomatoes
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans (or 1 16-ounce can, rinsed and drained)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Heat one cup of the broth. Place cherries in small mixing bowl. Add hot broth and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and saute for about five minutes or until onion is soft. Add garlic and cook one minute longer. Do not brown garlic. Add turkey and cook until it is no longer pink.
Add roasted Bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, mustard and oregano. Cook mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for about two minutes. Add tomatoes and remaining cup of broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.
Stir in beans, cherries and cilantro. Continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes or until mixture is just heated through. Season with additional salt if desired.
*Used canned fire-roasted tomatoes for optimal flavor; may use regular canned chopped tomatoes
Yield: about 2 quarts or 8 servings
Calories 223, Total Fat g 6, Sat Fat g 2, Chol mg 41, Sodium mg 448, Total Carb g 28, Fiber g 5, Sugars g 14, Protein g 17
What a glorious morning! If you’re out and about enjoying this gorgeous sunny day, be sure to stop in the M-88 market and say hello.
We’ll be sampling:
Cheerful Cherry Yogurt Parfaits: A little bit of homemade granola layered with dried fruit (including cherries), tart cherries (thawed from IQF), and lowfat yogurt. So yummy you’ll forget it’s good for you.
Slices of Cherry Pie: If you haven’t ever tried one of Rose’s famous cherry pies, you have to stop in and see what you’re missing. Rumor has it a certain Croc wearing celebrity chef was spotted leaving the Kewadin bakery last summer with the Balaton version in hand. Molto yummy.
Dried Tart Cherries: Try a few apple juice sweetened or traditional sugar infused dried cherries, and let us know which you prefer. We have lots of recipes to share, too.
Tart Cherry Juice: Naturally, you’ll want to try our signature product, King Orchards Montmorency tart cherry juice concentrate. If you want, we can give a dissertation on all the healthful properties of Montmorency tart cherries. But only if you want.
Frozen Tart Cherries: Both Balaton and Montmorency cherries, thawed from IQF. This is your opportunity to see and taste both varieties and see what you think. We love both, but for different reasons.
Lively Conversation: It must be the sunshine. Everyone’s in a great mood, happily chatting about truck & equipment building, jeeps, winches and what-not.
Don’t forget to pick up a little cherry treat to enjoy at home. Betsy has Everything Cherry on sale through February.
Happy Free Pie Friday!
I’m getting great feedback from the customers that are ordering the frozen cherries. Most are opting for ground shipping and knowing that they will be slightly thawed. Most are laying the bags flat in freezer and refreezing before using. I’m only shipping until mid march while it is still cold so don’t wait. Power up your diet and eat red!
Stop by the M-88 Market this Friday, February 19th, between 9 and 5, and enjoy a free slice of cherry pie. Happy National Cherry Month!
Ok for my powered by red post I must say that I am eating more than my share of tart cherries. I have tested all the recipes this month and I am drinking my cherry juice every day.
Deer have been an increasing problem again the last few years. The real threat is to the young trees. The deer eat the buds in winter and then eat the new growing shoots in late May/early June when the tree is doing most of it’s growing. As a tree grows there are hormones in the growing tip that regulate how much branching will occur and what form future buds will take, either blossoms or vegatative(branches). When a deer eats the growing tip in June it throws the whole tree out of whack. The branch might have lots of small shoots or all vegetative buds and no flower buds for the following year. This sets back the process since we will come trim away the affected branches but then we are a year behind. If it happens 2 or 3 years in a row then the tree will remain very small and not fill it’s allotted space leaving us with fewer lbs of fruit per tree and per acre.
We spread turkey manure last fall and the smell drove the deer away until just recently now they are going straight to the young apple trees and browsing. So, we have taken notice of this new deer fence that is somewhat effective but it is inexpensive and not very intrusive from a viewing the farm standpoint. We string 2 electric fence wires about 20 inches apart on one set of posts, and a few feet away we string a single wire on a new set of posts so that it is parallel with the other wires and a few feet out. This apparently creates a problem for the deer since they do not like to cross the two sets of wire. We like it because we were able to string it around the small apple trees and not the whole farm, and when the growth slows down in late June we can take it down. It just went on line last week and so far several deer have crossed it anyway but hopefully they will get shocked enough to quit coming back.
Here we are, in the dead of winter looking forward to the spring thaw. You might wonder what work there is to do at a farm in the middle of winter. Sure the frantic pace has slowed and everyone is relaxed compared to the “norm”, but there is still much work to be done.
I find myself looking over the cherry harvesting equipment; making repairs, modifications, upgrades and constantly looking for ways to improve the design.
These repairs are crucial to the work flow during the harvest. Many times a close look at the machines in the off season will save you days of headache and lost labor later in the year. Most of the repairs are simple, a little welding followed by a some wrenching will get the job done. Other times it is more complicated, these are the ones I enjoy the most. Improve the design of the machine in order to cut down on damaged fruit or costly repairs.
Well I am heading out, have to go do some ice fishing. What is work with out a little play?
This afternoon, while enjoying a coffee break & Rose’s cherry cheesecake, we took an informal survey here at King Orchards.
“If there was one thing you’d like everyone to know about King Orchards tart cherry juice concentrate, what would it be?”
Here is what we learned from each other, and what we’d like you to know:
Jim: “It takes approximately 20 to 25 pounds of tart cherries to make one quart of King Orchards tart cherry juice concentrate.”
John: “Tart cherry juice concentrate is the least expensive and most efficient way to get tart cherries.”
Betsy: “To establish a routine of drinking tart cherry juice, think about your personality. Do you like to have a glass of orange or apple juice in the morning or the afternoon? Consider adding a tablespoon or two of cherry juice concentrate to your daily glass of juice. Are you a smoothie drinker? Cherry juice is an easy and nutritious addition to any smoothie recipe. Like a cool, sweet drink? Try adding a bit of cherry juice concentrate to store-bought or homemade lemonade.”
Patty: “Sometimes I get so enthusiastic about promoting tart cherry juice concentrate as a healthy drink, I forget to tell people how delicious it is! It is bright and refreshing simply mixed with water and poured over ice. Tart cherry juice concentrate also makes an excellent mixer. A little KO tart cherry juice concentrate, some water, soda water or sparkling wine, a little vodka (or not), and a squeeze of lime, and Voila! You have a tasty, smooth and semi-sophisticated beverage.”
Jésus Sr and Maria: The cherry juice concentrate is so good, they’ll be taking some with them on their vacation to Guatemala this month, to share with friends and family. Not in their carry-on luggage, of course.
Jésus Jr: We can ship 3 quarts of cherry juice concentrate (a 3 months’ supply) anywhere in the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and APO addresses for only $52.47!
Daisy: She loves Hip Bones, but we have heard from many people who bake tart cherry juice into homemade dog biscuits (Dogs can use tart cherries to maintain healthy joints too.)
Mike King: There must be something to this tart cherry juice muscle recovery stuff, because his ski coaches keep telling him he should be drinking it while training for races.
Rose: “I’ve had customers tell me all kinds of cool ways to use tart cherry juice concentrate. Drizzle it over oatmeal to make your healthy breakfast taste a lot like cherry pie. Mix it into vanilla yogurt for a classic, soothing flavor combo.”
Is there something you would like to know about tart cherry juice, or do you have a recipe or helpful hint you’d like to share? We would love your feedback. Feel free to comment here at Orchard Talk, or contact us toll-free at 1-877-937-5464.
I am soooo glad it is winter! This really frees up some time for my true love, “Cooking.” Today is a really cold day Up North so I’m going to try some Cherry Cheesecake! How can you possible mess up a Cherry Cheese Cake? Well, I am going to make it with IQF Cherries because we have tons of them. Oh, for the Non Cherry farmers out there that stands for “Individually Quick Frozen,” they are an absolute dream to work with (NO MUSS TO FUSS)! I will share my recipe with you, but only because it is winter and I’m weak from no Cherries! hahahah… This is called “Momma’s Cheesecake”
5 eggs – separated
1 cup Sugar
1 lb. Cream Cheese
1 cup Sour Cream
2 Tablespoons Flour
1 tsp. Vanilla
Heat oven to 275 degrees. Butter a 9″ Spring Form pan and coat with 1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs (3 Full size Crackers) 1 Tablespoon of Sugar and 1/4 tsp of Cinnamon and 1/4 tsp Nutmeg.
Beat egg yolks until thick and Lemon Colored. Gradually beat in Sugar. Break up Cream Cheese and add to Egg Yolk mixture, beating until smooth. Add Sour Cream, Flour and Vanilla until smooth.
Beat Egg Whites in a glass or metal bowl – until stiff but not dry. Gently fold into cheese mixture. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 70 minutes. Turn off oven and leave for one hour (Without Opening Oven Door!! BIG SECRET!!) Top with your favorite topping when cool!
There is the recipe BUT, I use this recipe for ALL fruit filled Cheesecake also! So today I am going to just roll in a cup of Montmorency Tart Cherries that I have let thaw and drain. Then I am going to make a cherry filling to spread on the top and put a touch of whip cream for decoration only. I am using the Balaton Cherry for this mission because it keeps its shape better. It will have nice and round cherries like ‘Right off the Tree” look in my cheesecake. I can hardly wait to taste it.
With this recipe, if you are folding in fruit, make sure it is as drained as you can get it or you will get some wet spots around your fruit that you added. I just watched Julie and Julia a couple days ago so the excitement it climbing!
My wife Rose and I went out to Pennsylvania for the Mid Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Growers Convention last week. We went to the convention to market Cherry Juice Concentrate along with our Dried Cherry Products. There were a lot of vendors there selling Farm Market Items, Farm Equipment, Financing Institutions and Everything for the production of fruit. We sold out of product and the show was good for us. It was good to shake hands with existing customers and meet some new ones. While at Hershey, we had to try the Hershey products and were not disappointed. We had a quick trip home without incident, thank you highway patrol.