Two cups of pitted cherries now grace my freezer. Last week, there were many more, but I ate a few every day. Last week, I tried pitting a few with a straw from fast food. It crumpled. This week, I tried something new to pit them. At $1.95/lb., I splurged on cherries.
After crumpling the end of a soda straw, I decided to use something a little more sturdy. The heavy plastic straw above was the tool that worked. First, I used the end to the right. But, it was wobbly in my hand. See the ripples that make it bendy? Then I changed and used the end without the ridges.
I had to figure out how to hold the cherry so I would not just demolish the whole cherry while trying to get the pit out. I finally figured it out after trial and error. By holding the cherry where the straw would exit between my index finger and middle finger, I managed not to crush cherries. When the pit sticks in the straw, just squeeze the straw a bit.
I put the rinsed cherries in a colander. Then, I realized I wanted to put it in my lap, so I put a cloth underneath the cherries and inside the colander. I pitted them over the bowl I needed them to be in eventually. Quickly, I figured out that I had to pick each pit from the bowl. So, I pitted the cherries over the colander of cherries. That worked.
This was tricky because the cherries were often punctured on the side because of my aim with the straw or just inattention. One pit with a bit of red juicy flesh popped out into my lap and landed in my crotch. Yes, the red juice stained my pants! Right in the crotch is not good even if I am alone. Later, I figured I had sprinkle my pant leg, the ottoman, and my laptop...sigh. Thankfully, these pants have huge holes in them. How huge are the holes? Well, the pants are not longer decent. Okay, nothing shows, the condition is just shocking. Do cherries stain?
in the beginning
If cherries are still $1.95 anywhere, I will get more to dehydrate. Maybe I will cut those in quarters. What do you think? Plus, I am going to search the kitchen drawer where I keep stuff like this and find a stiff plastic straw, one that is not bendy, that is.
I cannot stand maraschino cherries. I can barely stand cherry pie. I love fresh cherries--different variety, I understand.
First--does that initial picture make your mouth water? Do you like fresh cherries? Have you ever pitted cherries? What means did you use? Is cherry jam good?