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Is an olive pitter foolproof?

snax Feb 15, 2011 05:21 AM

For some reason even if I carefully cut pitted olives in half before tossing them in a salad, to make sure there are no pits hidden, my husband will always end up with an olive pit in his mouth and consequently almost bust a tooth.


Would an oxo Cherry pitter be quick, efficient and easy enough to just buy whole olives and pit them as needed? Is this standard procedure for anyone? Any other brand I should look at?


  1. hobbybaker Feb 15, 2011 08:17 AM

    I have this and I am relatively happy with cherries but not that much wih olives (especially with green ovlives). maybe, having multiple makes things difficult with the sort of olives.


    I think rainey said very well on olives and cherries.

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      rainey Feb 15, 2011 07:24 AM

      What is foolproof? Even NASA with it's resources, its brain trust and its scrupulous redundencies has had some pretty spectacular fails.

      You have to pay attention to what emerges from the fruit and sometimes you have to take a second pass at some of them but a cherry pitter is very effective for cherries. They're extremely low tech and there isn't really any technique to using one. A cradle holds the fruit (olives, like cherries, are fruit) a hinged poker comes down through the fruit and it's calibrated to hit the spot where it pushes against the hard pit forcing it out through the other end of the soft flesh and through a hole in the cradle.

      Olives, depending on the variety and how they're cured, can have pits that cling to the fruit more ferociously than cherries, but, if you've got a cherry pitter, give it a whirl. If you don't, they're not expensive. I've used mine to do cured ripe olives.

      I've never had the experience of it ejecting a partial pit.

      1. k
        kayakado Feb 15, 2011 06:29 AM

        I have a WS pitter and no it is not foolproof if a fool is operating it. Sometimes the pit doesn't come out or it stays attached to the fruit and pops back in. If you are careful, and be sure every pit is ejected- you should be okay. Sometimes I get in a hurry and a pit gets left behind.

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