Look for fresh cherries that are shiny and plump. Attached stems should be green and bend easily. Cherries with stems stay fresher longer. Avoid cherries that are bruised, wrinkled, moldy or soft. Cherries do not contiune to ripen after picking.
Keep cherries cold and dry to slow spoilage. Remove bruised or moldy cherries, then refrigerate in a bag or container that allows air to circulate. Wash just before using. Plan to use within about a week.
When kids help make healthy food, they are more likely to try it. Show kids how to:
Wash cherries under cool running water.
Remove pits from cherries.
Measure ingredients and stir them together.