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Nov 27, 2008 07:49 AM

how to pit cherries, easily?

my task is to pit 3 lbs of cherries without a cherry pitter. does any one have any tips?


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  1. Some people claim a paperclip does the trick - I have never tried using one.

    1. A plastic drinking straw - plunge through then blow. You'll lose a little plug of fruit, however.

      1. I've used a metal crochet hook--push in at the stem end, hook the bottom of the pit and pull out. Repeat until you're done or have to stop and scream for while!

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        1. re: Jeri L

          When I went to write this down in my notebook of kitchen tips, I noticed a previous entry suggesting using the eye-removing tip of a potato peeler to pit cherries and hull strawberries.

        2. I saw them demonstrate the paper clip thing on! It looked really easy.

          1. A large old fashioned bobby pin works great, learned that from grandmother