Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Cherry Pits

When I was a kid, I thought I disliked cherries. To me, cherries were that icky, sweet cherry pie filling - which I found so unappealing. The only cherries I would eat were maraschino cherries - typically atop my sundae or as an accent to my Shirley Temple.

Then, when I was an adult, I decided to try a fresh cherry. I loved it. I wondered why I hadn't tried them earlier. I would buy myself cherries and eat them, keeping a napkin handy for spitting out the cherry pits.

Then, I had kids. My kids love fruit and I wanted to do my best to expose them to a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits. I tried slicing the cherry to remove the pit, but this was hugely messy and I wound up with what seemed like a hundred pieces from a fairly small piece of fruit. I knew there had to be a solution.

One day, I was out shopping and I saw it - the solution to my problem. It was a Cherry Pitter. The one I found happens to be an Oxo Good Grips Cherry Pitter, but I am sure that there are others out there.

It is great! I love it! It really is a very simple instrument. There is a plastic shield that I set over my napkin that helps to direct the pit and any juices downward. The pitter is essentially a holder with a hole that the pit drops through and a pin that pushes through the middle of the fruit to push out the pit. There is virtually no effort required to remove the pit. I use it all the time in cherry season - I even pit my own cherries most of the time.

Now, I can offer fresh cherries to my kids without any worry about pits and that works for me.

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Gina said...

I've been meaning to get one of these so I can freeze cherries when they're super-cheap-on-sale and have them in the fall when we're craving them. Thank you for the reminder!

Anonymous said...

I just bought a bag of lovely excellent cherries, and I was wishing for one of those, my boys absolutely love the cherries.

Jerralea said...

I've never seen one of those! Thanks for sharing.