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Old 06-17-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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Cherry pitters

Who has one of the cherry pitter contraptions? Do they work? Does it matter what size the cherry is? There's one at Williams-Sonoma that looks interesting.


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Old 06-17-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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Good question. I almost bought one the other day but didn't know how useful it would be.


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Old 06-17-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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I have one like it, different brand, same idea. It work fine. It helps if you have strong hands
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Old 06-17-2005, 11:00 PM   #4
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I have a cheap one. I think I got it at Wally-world many, many, years ago. I've only used it for a few things, usually olives, not cherries.
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:34 AM   #5
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I have one & it works well for cherries and olives-a cheapie that I've had for years. I used to make alot of cherry pies for hubby (his favorite).
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Old 06-23-2005, 01:39 PM   #6
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I got mine from Bed Bath & Beyond for about ten bucks (less with the ubiquitous 20% off coupon) and used it for the first time last week. Made a super deelish pie using fresh cherries.

I found that the trick to using it is to pit the cherries into your hand - that way you can tell right away if you got the pit or just a pit-sized piece of fruit flesh because your cherry was not positioned right.
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Old 06-23-2005, 02:40 PM   #7
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I have a cheap plastic one that I've used a few times over the years. It works fine - misses a few pits here and there, so you have to double check it's work before adding the cherries to your baking. I've ran through pie cherries as well as some of the larger varieties of cherries with the same results. Mine splatters juice out as it pits the cherries, so my clothes and the floor end up being a sticky mess afterward. However, if you're doing significant quantities, I'm sure a pitter is an easier and faster alternative to pitting by hand.
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Old 06-23-2005, 05:36 PM   #8
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Pitting by hand? That sounds horribly tedious. I think I'll buy one & see how it goes. I LOVE cherries! I'd grow a cherry tree if I could, but they don't grow down south I'm told.
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Old 06-27-2005, 02:53 PM   #9
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Mine is made from a heavy metal of some kind. Yes, I mostly use it to pitt olives for things like tapenade and mufalletas. It is wonderful, even when the pitts don't fit through the hole, it really saves a lot of time by loosening them so I can just easily pick them out. Also if you make cherry pies/cobbler, etc. A worthwhile purchase for me, as we are real olive lovers and hubby likes me to make tapenade a lot.
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Old 07-06-2005, 12:26 PM   #10
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I had a plastic one and switched to a metal one - I prefer the metal and it wasn't expensive. We pit a lot of kalamata olives so it comes in handy. I can't imagine not having one.


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