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05:16 pm: Cherry picking
My big excitement this week is that the Morello cherries on the tree I planted last year are finally ready to begin harvesting.

In preparation for the big event, I went to the mall to buy supplies for making a cherry pie. First I picked up a cherry pitter. Next I tried to find a proper Pyrex pie pan, but none of the vendors at the mall sold them. A couple of places sold boxed sets of Pyrex bowls and storage containers, but no individual baking dishes. I was actually kind of offended when a lady at Macy's responded to my inquiry with "You'll have to go to a CHEAP store for that." (I think she was a customer loitering near the register, though, and not an employee.)

Since I was in the area, I stopped in at Trader Joe's, where I made the startling discovery that the price they list on their potato bin isn't per pound, as I had believed, but per potato. I've never heard of such a thing. I really thought the man at the register was joking when he commented about it, until I saw my receipt. I immediately returned the potatoes I had just purchased, and I'm never going to be buying potatoes there again. They may have many good products, but that's just highway robbery.

When I got home, I picked about two cups of the ripest cherries and used my new pitter on them. It worked quite well. I put those in the freezer to keep until I have enough for a pie. I'll pick more in another day or two.

I still needed a good pie pan, so today I went downtown and picked up a couple different sizes at Ace Hardware. I also stopped at the local cabinet maker to make an appointment for someone to come measure my kitchen. I finally have the contractor for my remodel all lined up, and I want to get things set in motion.

I intended to give the house a good cleaning when I got home, but I wound up settling for washing the sink and toilet in the bathroom and then sweeping the floor.


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Date:June 11th, 2013 01:52 am (UTC)
Your cherries look so pretty! How do they taste?
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Date:June 11th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
How do they taste?

They are sour cherries for baking, so they don't taste like the kind you can get at the grocery store. Imagine if you bite into something expecting it to be an orange, and it turns out to be a lemon. That's kind of the idea. It still tastes like a cherry, but without the sweetness.

Sour cherries are best for baking for the same reason tart apples (like Granny Smith) are best for pies.

The other advantages of sour cherries from a gardening perspective is that they need fewer chilling hours in the winter (it's not really cold enough here for sweet cherries) and they are self-fertile (so you only need one tree rather than two).
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Date:June 11th, 2013 12:32 pm (UTC)
I finally have the contractor for my remodel all lined up, and I want to get things set in motion.

Exciting! I can't wait to see progress on your new kitchen!
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