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Cherry pitting tips

Cherry Pitting Tips

Everyone loves cherry juice, cherry ice cream, and best of all, cherry pie; however, it is an additional step to remove the pits of cherries so that you can enjoy your cherry favorites. Check out our tips and tricks below to more easily pit cherries.

  1. Use a frosting tip: If you don’t have a traditional cherry pitter, use the small end of a frosting tip to gently push the pit out of the cherry.
  2. Use a chop stick: Using the thin end of a chopstick is the easiest way to push a pit through a cherry with ease.
  3. Use a straw: Use a standard straw to push a cherry pit through the cherry.

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Very Cherry Savings!

very cherry! sweet deals are yours for the picking

Sweet deals are yours for the picking! It’s a very cherry week filled with delicious savings. Cherries are perfectly in season and ready for eating, so save big with our deals and follow a few of our favorites recipes to celebrate.

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Make some delicious cherry themed recipe like one of our favorites below:

And follow our monthly produce guide to see what else is in season:

chocolate ice cream in a bowl

Milk Alternative Ice Cream

chocolate ice cream in a bowl

Dare we say this ice cream is as delicious as the whole milk option? We think it just might pass the test. Try our milk alternative ice cream recipe for all your dairy-free friends.

Start by picking a non-dairy ice cream base. Here are some of the ones we have tried:

  • Soy Milk
  • Cashew Milk
  • Coconut Milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Macadamia Milk

Note that different milks give different results. Take time to look through the fat content of each type, as ones with higher fat will make a creamier ice cream. In order to control the ice cream flavor best, we recommend getting an unsweetened and plain flavor.

Try our recipe for dairy-free chocolate ice cream!

Ingredients:

3 cups unsweetened almond milk

6 large egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp xantham gum (optional)

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and combine cocoa powder and half of your almost milk. Whisk consistently until combined. Then add remaining almond milk and bring it to a simmer (stir occasionally). Remove from heat after around 3 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, add your egg yolks and whisk them until they are light in color. Gradually add sugar while whisking frequently to emulsify the two. Look for a thick mixture that slowly falls from your whisk.

Scoop your warmed cocoa powder and milk mixture in a 1/3 cup and combine with your eggs. Whisk to combine. Add remaining liquid in slowly and gradually, then mix until they are all combined.

If you chose to get xantham gum, you can add it here and mix once more all together to help thicken your ice cream.

Then, add the vanilla extract and mix one final time. Cover your bowl and refrigerate for a minimum of 6-8 hours but preferably over night. Remove once completely cooled.

This is best added to a chilled ice cream container that you have pre-chilled overnight as well.

Serve as a soft serve if eaten quickly, or continue to chill in the freezer for 6-8 hours in a freezer safe container.

Enjoy!

ice cream cake roll

Ice Cream Cake

cake roll

Have your cake (and ice cream) and eat it too! Cool down with this perfect blend of cake and ice cream any day.

Ingredients:

Food Club® red velvet cake mix

Food Club® 1 gallon vanilla ice cream

Instructions:

Heat oven according to box instructions and mix cake according to box instruction. Grease a baking sheet well, line with parchment, and grease again. Pour cake mixture into baking sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes until the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.

While the cake is cooling, lay out a kitchen towel and dust with powdered sugar. Dump the cake onto the towel and roll into the classic swirl. Let cool the rest of the way while rolled.

Once completely cooled, unroll the cake and smooth 1 inch of slightly softened ice cream across the entire cake. Re-roll and set in freezer for 6-12 hours.

Pull out of freezer and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Variety of no-churn ice cream

No-Churn Ice Cream

4 flavors of no-churn ice cream

Make the dreamiest and creamiest ice cream in comfort of your own home! From creamy and mild avocado, to the strong citrus flavors of lemon, use the base of this no-churn ice cream to make any flavor you please.

Ingredients:

2 cups Food Club® heavy whipping cream

1 can Food Club® Sweetened Condensed Milk

1/4 cup Food Club® sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup of preferred flavoring

Instructions:

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes on high. Pour into freezer-safe container and freeze for 24 hours.

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introducing birchberry bistro rotisserie chicken

Introducing Birchberry Bistro Rotisserie Chicken

When life gets hectic we understand that sometimes you need a quick and easy solution for dinner. Let us introduce you to Birchberry Bistro’s healthier and heartier rotisserie chickens that are ready-to-go just in time for any last minute meal.

With Birchberry Bistro you get an uncompromising dedication to quality and a commitment to great taste. Bringing you all-natural chicken that contains all of what you want, and nothing you don’t. Made with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives we guarantee you’ll bring home unrivaled flavor, freshness, and quality you deserve.

Watch for in-store and online tips and tricks on how to make the most of your rotisserie chicken. Experience freshness and flavor like never before!

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Fettuccine

Bowtie Chicken Salad

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July Produce Guide

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July is the perfect season for backyard BBQs, pool parties and everything else fun in the sun. We have put together a basket full of perfect snacking and fresh fruits and veggies that will be ripe all month long.

Cherries are the superfood of summer. They contain vitamin c and a ton of fiber with no fat or cholesterol. Use them in your favorite cherry pie recipe or snack on them all by themselves.

Cucumbers contain nearly every vitamin you need on a daily basis. Because they are so vitamin rich, they are the perfect replacement for a caffeinated soda when you’re tired.

Corn is grown on every continent but one, Antarctica. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B. Put corn right on the grill or add them into your favorite salsa.

Blackberries are an extremely versatile berry and contain high amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Add them to your perfect charcuterie or mash them into a jam.

pesto chicken pasta with the Birchberry Bistro logo

Birchberry Bistro Pesto Pasta with Chicken

pesto pasta chicken with the Birchberry Bistro logo

Jazz up your weekly pasta night with this rotisserie chicken pesto pasta. It’s time to fill up on this refreshing recipe!

Follow the instructions below:

pesto pasta with chicken recipe card

With Birchberry Bistro you get an uncompromising dedication to quality and a commitment to great taste. Bringing you all-natural chicken that contains all of what you want, and nothing you don’t. Made with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives we guarantee you’ll bring home unrivaled flavor, freshness, and quality you deserve.

Watch for in-store and online tips and tricks on how to make the most of your rotisserie chicken. Experience freshness and flavor like never before!

miscellaneous produce. red pepper, tomatoes, corn, onion, etc.

Revive Your Produce

miscellaneous produce. red pepper, tomatoes, corn, onion, etc.

Tired of throwing out produce when it’s gone bad? We’ve got 10 tips and tricks to help revive your fruits and vegetables and be sure to give them new life.

  1. Turn those nearly spoiled lemons into lemonade. As you notice your lemons beginning to over ripen, the best thing to do is squeeze them into a refreshing lemonade. Bring that citrus flavor back to life!
  2. If your carrots are nearing the end of their shelf life, make them into carrot chips! Slice the carrots as thin as you can. Line a baking pan with some aluminum foil or parchment paper and add your carrot slices. Throw on your favorite spices, and cook them to your desired crunch level.
  3. Forget to use all of your root vegetables? Throw them together for a delicious veggie filled roast. Take your carrots, beets, turnips and more and roast them to eat with any dish throughout the week. An easy and quick way to ensure you get the most of your veggies.
  4. Asparagus going brown? Simply bake it! We promise with a little time and love it will be back to good and full of nutritious flavor.
  5. Brown bananas? Freeze them and make some banana bread later! Avoid spending more money and buying a loaf when you have bruised bananas that will taste just as sweet as the fresh ones.
  6. Are your berries close to expiring? Make the most of them by preparing your own homemade ice cream. Mix them with yogurt and have yourself a sweet treat much healthier than your other options.
  7. Got a bad apple? Don’t throw it away! Cut out the obvious bruised pieces and clean the remainders well. Then throw them into an American classic, the favorite apple pie. You’ve got your pie… and can eat it too!
  8. Green beans make for a great snack. When you notice they are starting to go bad, clean and cut them down to fit in a jar. Add in salt to taste and some water before leaving them in the fridge for a week or so. You’ve got yourself a good deed and a healthy snack!
  9. Turn your cucumbers into pickles! Pull together your nearly spoiled cucumbers and add them into some jars. Make a mixture of salt and water and add it in. Keep an eye on them, and once you notice the salt and sugar have dissolved, add water and vinegar in even parts. Wait 24 hours minimum before enjoying your homemade pickles!
  10. Don’t let your green and nutrient filled vegetables go to waste! Make sure those green leafy vegetables go to use by adding them to your smoothie mixture. Easy, and delicious!