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Cherries for kriek

Started by guest2162, November 14, 2019, 04:20:13 pm

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guest2162

Where do people get the sour cherries for their Kriek?

Water_Wolf

I've always been on the look out for cherries with a real 'cherry' flavour to make kriek or cherry old bruin but I don't know where you can get them in Ireland. They sell frozen sour cherries in polish shops but I wasn't impressed with the ones I tried.

guest2162

Yeah, I found a site BD foods that sells whole fruits and purée, but they are quite expensive, especially if they don't work out so I was hoping to get some feedback from people who might have used them or similar

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Will_D

Holland and Barrett sell an American sour cherry extract - not cheap tho' IIRC: 2 for €16

Cheaper is the Polish Towicz sour cherry that Lidl and Tescos have been know to sell - also in Polish shops I'm sure

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Rafal

It's Lowicz (?owicz to be clear) and there is 3% of sour cherry juce. Rest is sugar, aroma, black carrots juce, acid regulator so it is very bad choice.

Water_Wolf

Yea, I have a bottle of that Lowicz cherry syrup and it's mostly artificial flavours. They do jars of cherries in syrup as well which I haven't tried.

I think the question needs to be rephrased a little: has anyone successfully made a nice kriek in Ireland, and if so, what cherries did they use?

johnrm

Does freeze dried work? I came across a stand for freeze dried fruit at a craft fair at the weekend.

I'll dig out the name in a bit.

Rafal

You can try to find in Polish shop something like this:
https://zdrowymarket24.pl/soki-owocowe/404-sok-z-wisni-100-bez-dodatku-cukru-750-ml-look-food-5902340970348.html
I've seen this already few times. It is 100% sour cherries juce without sugar.

johnrm


guest2162

Cool, thanks... plenty of options there... I might split out the batch into 4 or 5 demi johns and use different fruit sources in each and then compare them when they are completed... a project for the new year I think!

Will_D

Excellent idea, please keep us up to date on progress!

Even better: Organise a tasting!
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Jonnycheech

Quote from: johnrm on November 23, 2019, 04:30:08 pm
Dried fruit...
https://www.veramiklas.com/


https://www.veramiklas.com/product/sour-cherries-slices/

These freeze dried cherries look interesting alright. Not cheap though, 300gm is 28.50. I wonder what the equivalent weight of normal fruit is? i.e. Is 300gms of FDF the same as 600gm of normal fruit?
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Jonnycheech

Also would freeze dried fruit be sterile? Or would it need to be heated with some water, which would obviously complicate the process.
Tapped: FES, NEIPA, CocoIMS, Flanders 2018, Passion Fruit/Peach BW
Fermentors: Raspberry Wheat, Session IPA
Bottled: Cherry Lambic 2019

Will_D

Quote from: Jonnycheech on November 25, 2019, 01:44:05 pm
https://www.veramiklas.com/product/sour-cherries-slices/
These freeze dried cherries look interesting alright. Not cheap though, 300gm is 28.50. I wonder what the equivalent weight of normal fruit is? i.e. Is 300gms of FDF the same as 600gm of normal fruit?


Most soft fruits are 80 to 90 % water I think! So 300 dries could be equal to a lot more than 600 gms

See here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry

So sour are 86% water!
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