I'm hoping stock up on sour cherries while they are still available and blueberries while they are still cheap so that I can make fruit dishes in the coming months. However, I have a couple of questions about freezing these fruits.
1. I know that you are not supposed to wash blueberries before you freeze them. However, many recipes that I use which can accommodate frozen berries recommend that you add the berries frozen to the recipe, rather than allowing them to thaw. My question is, when exactly do I wash them if I am supposed to keep them frozen? Should I just give them a quick wash with very cold water and then coat them with flour so that ideally they'll be both clean and frozen when added to the recipe?
2. I have never frozen cherries before but hope to do so. Should I wash them before freezing? I'm assuming that just like blueberries the answer is no, but perhaps these are different. Should I pit them before freezing? Should they, like blueberries, be added to the recipe frozen unless otherwise called for?