Yummy cherries are in season and stay tuned for a yummy preserves recipe!
I have been on the look out for a cherry pitter. I guess I am too cheap to actually go to the kitchen supply store and buy a new one, so I browsed the internet to see if there was a handy solution out there. I found this great video where they have used a cheap fork to pull out the pit. Awesome.
But then I found an even greater solution using a chopstick and a bottle. Even more awesome! I used a 2 liter soda bottle and a Korean chopstick. It amazed me how much easier this was than trying to cut the pit out with a knife, DANGER! Talk about chopped fingers.
The only reason I used a Korean chopstick (which is pointer and more slippery) is because it is the only one I had on hand. Later while digging through my knife drawer I found a pair of cheap disposable chopsticks. I think those would have worked better due to having a blunt end, but make due with what you have!
So here is the drill. Take your washed cherry and gently hold it above the bottle leaning it on the inside of the lip with one hand, then poke the chop stick through the top of the cherry pushing the pit out the bottom. The pit will fall to the bottom, and on you will go with your next cherry. Be careful to not let too many cherries slip from your grip and land into the bottle!
It took me about 15-20 minutes to pit 4 cups of cherries.
Here is my niece Taylee as my lovely hand model! It can be a sticky job, so we did it over the sink.
Happy Cherry Pitting!