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Cherry Pitter success?

itryalot Jul 14, 2010 05:52 PM

It is my first attempt at pitting cherries and I hear your kitchen can end up looking like a slaughterhouse.
I went to my local kitchen place and they had about six different varieties. Any die hard cherry/olive pitters have a favorite?

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    Island RE: itryalot Jul 14, 2010 06:54 PM

    The one I have from Williams Sonoma works well.

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      itryalot RE: Island Jul 14, 2010 06:57 PM

      Just looked it up; I like it.

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        Island RE: itryalot Jul 14, 2010 08:04 PM

        Just looked it up and the one shown with the black housing is different than what I have which is a few years old. Looks like the same pitting action though, just more souped up. That plastic shield the cherry passes thru after being pitted looks like a useful improvement. Mine doesn't have it and pitted cherries do tend to fly out in random directions when pitting quickly. Also it doesn't waste any cherry "meat" which is always a good thing.

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        KCrossland RE: Island Jul 27, 2010 02:09 PM

        I have that one too and pitted 5 lbs of cherries the other day. the guard on the bottom is genius!

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        jenni49 RE: itryalot Jul 14, 2010 07:48 PM

        My Oxo brand pitter, purchased from W&S works great. Only does one cherry at a time, but minimal splatter & it cleans up easily.

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          valerie RE: jenni49 Jul 15, 2010 07:54 AM

          I have the Oxo one too. It works well and as you said, cleans up easily. I got it at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

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            alanthiana RE: itryalot Jul 16, 2010 07:46 PM

            I have to agree with the oxo recommendation. I just bought it a week ago, and pitting an entire bag of cherries with it. It works great.

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              Pumpkinseed RE: itryalot Jul 26, 2010 01:26 PM

              I have a cherry pitter that came from the wall-mounted rack of gadgets at Crate & Barrel. It cost about $12.00 two or three years ago. It's a efficient little gizmo that I use frequently while cherries are in season. It punches those pits right out.

              1. buttertart RE: itryalot Jul 27, 2010 08:44 AM

                We have had an OXO for several years and find that the juice goes all over the place.
                The cherry pitter in our house far prefers this one: http://www.amazon.com/Progressive-Int...
                It cuts the time expended down by at least half (per him) and is a lot less messy.

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                  512window RE: buttertart Jul 27, 2010 01:31 PM

                  After reading another discussion on Chowhound about pitting with a paper clip, and being a skeptic, I tried it. Works great! So does a bobby pin.

                  Just stick the rounded end into the cherry, feel around for the pit, and pull it out.

                  I'm sure they have them at Amazon too. :-)

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                    buttertart RE: 512window Jul 27, 2010 01:38 PM

                    I've done it that way and trust me this is easier and faster. And I have nothing to do with Amazon professionally by the way.

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                    Island RE: buttertart Jul 27, 2010 02:53 PM

                    Multiple! Now that's the way to go!

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                      buttertart RE: Island Jul 27, 2010 04:58 PM

                      Yes indeed!

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                        ajilani RE: buttertart Jul 27, 2010 09:52 PM

                        I find the chopstick method just as messy as doing it manually. I pit cherries for my two little girls and have just resigned to having very unlady-like looking fingers! I thought about a cherry pitter but didn't want to add to the gadget drawer!

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                      girlwonder88 RE: buttertart Aug 2, 2010 01:55 PM

                      I was going to recommend this one-the Cherry It does 4 at once and has a guard so no juice and pits flying. Better by far than my old one.

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                        buttertart RE: girlwonder88 Aug 2, 2010 02:16 PM

                        My cherry fancier at home loves it.

                    3. kas RE: itryalot Aug 1, 2010 07:50 AM

                      how come when I do a search on chowhound for cherry pitter I found nothing but when I google it I found this thread???

                      anyways just wanna say I bought the OXO Good Grips cherry/olive pitter and found it misses a lot of pits and also the little splatter guard doesn't really prevent the juice from splashing and it keeps falling off ...... love the cherries though yummeeee

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                        RGC1982 RE: itryalot Aug 3, 2010 06:22 PM

                        I have the Williams Sonoma one too, but I still prefer to pit cherries over and into a deep mixing bowl because you can still get some spatter. Wear an apron if you like your clothes.

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