Cherry juice is a 100% natural remedy for pain. Not only is it delicious, but it also has an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and lipid synthesis inhibitor effect. Cherry juice is also beneficial for good muscle recovery. You can find it in all markets, but why not make your own?
How to Make Tart Cherry Juice?
- Prepare it on the stove.
- 1/2 kg of cherries.
- 1 kg of sugar (as desired).
- 1/4 liter of water.
- 3 bottles of carbonated water.
- Prepare it quickly.
- 15 cherries, rinsed and pitted.
- Sugar or a sweet equivalent.
- Water (to the eye).
Prepare it on the stove
Put the rinsed and pitted cherries in a saucepan, add sugar. If you want a more or less tangy mixture, do not put too much sugar. You can also add syrup or honey.
To pit the cherries, cut them in half with a knife. You can then expel the stone by compressing the cherry between your fingers or by enucleating it with a small spoon.
Cover the pan. Keep it at room temperature for 2 hours. Cherries should be well bathed in sugar and absorb it. The mixture will be so vicious that you will have to dilute it with water.
Add 250 ml of water. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Your mixture will be very consistent, but it will not be homogeneous because of the small pieces of cherries.
Boil your mixture. Then lower the temperature a few degrees. The mixture should continue to boil, but with small bubbles, simmering, which will make your mixture even more viscous.
When you feel that your mixture is ready, filter it. Apply a good compression on your cherries to release their juice.
The cherries have done their job, you can throw them away or save them to decorate pies with.
Cook over low heat until thickened. Then, remove the pan and let it cool to room temperature. Once your cherry concentrate has cooled, pour it into jars, seal them, and put them in the freezer. And then that’s all!
You need to let your mixture simmer on low until it’s really thick, it needs to be a lot more viscous than juice.
To serve, put a spoon or two of this concentrate in a glass of carbonated water. You can also dilute it in non-carbonated water. Try a different juice to water ratio each time to find the concentration you like the most. You will not find the ideal concentration at first, but after a few tries, you will get there.
Store excess in a resealable container. If it is tightly closed, you can keep it for about 2 weeks in your refrigerator.
Prepare it quickly
Put the cherries (rinsed and pitted) in the blender. You will need approximately 15 cherries per person.
To wash and pit the cherries, put them in a bowl with cold water, then strain. After, cut them and remove the core with the tip of the knife.
Add sugar as desired then start the mixer. If you are looking for a slightly acidic taste, do not add sugar. Alternatively, you can start with 2 tablespoons (30g) of sugar and add more later if desired.
It is also possible to use a non-caloric sweetener, agave syrup or honey.
Add water. Without dilution, your juice will be too concentrated. Add water little by little, while stirring, until your juice has the desired concentration.
There will certainly be a few pieces that will escape the blades of the blender and float in the juice, we will take care of that in the next step…
Strain the juice with a strainer or slotted spoon. Unless you want your own pulpy juice of course. If you have a strainer for glasses (like the one used to prepare cocktails), you can use it to directly prepare a glass of well-filtered juice. This will get rid of the small pieces of residual cherry skin.
If after filtering it, you find the juice a little too thick, add a little water. Taste as you go.
Serve. And There you go! Put ice cubes, a straw, and even a little decoration to make it look pretty. After all, why buy it, if you can prepare it yourself at home?
Cherry juice leaves permanent stains, be careful.
For stovetop cooking
- A knife.
- A saucepan.
- A colander.
- A waterproof container.
- A glass.
For the quick version
- A knife.
- A mixer.
- A colander.
- A glass.
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