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Inside Helana’s Kitchen: Cherry Pitter

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© 2012 Helana Brigman
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Cookware:
OXO Brand
Price:
$12.99

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On July 20, 2012
Last modified:April 11, 2013

Summary:

Easy to use, multipurpose cherry pitter with no-slip grips and a splash gard. Excellent for use with cherries of most sizes including Bing and Rainer and olives of multiple sizes too.

I’ve been putting off buying a cherry pitter for some time now.  

Not because I didn’t really need one, but because I thought I could eat around the cherry seeds…or the olive seeds for that matter.

Eating around the seeds sucks.  It just does.  

You can’t make pies, you can’t pop a bright red cherry in your mouth and crunch down (well…you could…), and there’s a certain hassle associated with an un-pitted cherry.  

And, yes, I realize how silly that sentence sounds. But cherry pitting is serious business for home cooks and can be made surprisingly easy with the right device.  

(Or, some creativity as chronicled by Kristi Mucci at Food 52 here and an abused fork here.) 

This month, I bit the metaphorical bullet (or seed) and threw a pitter in my Whole Foods shopping cart by OXO brand.  

At $12.99, the pitter is reasonably priced, pretty, and extremely easy to use.  

Simply place your olive or cherry in the fruit compartment and “plop,” out comes the seed. Here are some detailed reasons why you might consider buying this pitter.

OXO-Brand Cherry Pitter

Price: $12.99 at Amazon and eligible for free shipping

-Pros-

Insanely easy to use-Dishwasher safe-Multi-purpose: for both cherries and olives

-Mess-free (very little of the fruit gets “juiced” and leaves the meat in tact)

-Splatter shield that does just that–prevents you from getting “splattered”

-Extra Large: this accommodates different kinds of cherries (like Bing and Rainer) or over-sized olives

-Cons-

-The hinge is plastic, and 1 out of 179 reviewers at Amazon mentioned s/he believed this was the cause of a possible break after occasional use in the course of 3 months.  I only mention this possible flaw because I believe the pitter could have an issue down the road, but for now, it works beautifully.

-Why didn’t I buy this sooner?

So, if I had to rate it, I’d give this 5 out of 5 cookies.

Oh, and did I mention that unpitted cherries kind of suck?

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Easy to use, multipurpose cherry pitter with no-slip grips and a splash gard. Excellent for use with cherries of most sizes including Bing and Rainer and olives of multiple sizes too.
Inside Helana's Kitchen: Cherry Pitter, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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3 Comments

  1. Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:04 pm | #

    I’ve had the same one for a few years now and love it! The hinge has not broken and I pit several pounds of cherries every summer – they are just so delicious it’s hard not o eat them all before they get into a recipe.

  2. Posted August 1, 2012 at 8:46 am | #
    By far – one of the best purchases I’ve ever made in terms of cost and time saved. Especially now that our 22 month old loves Cherries!
  3. Posted August 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm | #

    Dina & Jude: Thanks so much for your comments! Dina – I’m so glad to know that this pitter holds up. I thought the 1 person comment on Amazon was most likely a fluke, but decided it was smart to list it anyway.

    Jude – That’s so sweet!

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