Ode to my Cherry Pitter

I have a serious thing for kitchen gadgets. There’s just something so compelling to me about these tools that were specifically created to help with food preparation. Egg beaters, pastry blenders, melon ballers, rolling pins, spice grinders, milk frothers, spoons and spatulas of all shapes and sizes – they combine form with function in a unique way, and call to mind timeless pictures of people preparing food of all different kinds.

It’s true that there are some kitchen gadgets that really aren’t all that useful. Some of them are cheaply made. Others have functionality that could be easily duplicated with more common tools. Other kitchen gadgets are so perfectly suited to their single purpose that you wonder how you ever cooked without them. I feel that way about my cherry pitter.

cherry pitter

Cherries are one of my favourite fruits, but preparing them can be a serious pain in the neck, thanks to all those pits. After toying with the idea of buying a cherry pitter for years, I finally took the plunge and got one of my own two years ago, specifically to make cherry ice cream. The cherry pitter made the task of removing cherry pits so much easier. I now make cherry ice cream as an annual treat, eagerly awaiting cherry season.

Recently, the folks at Whole Foods Market got in touch with me and offered to send me some cherries to celebrate the arrival of cherry season. How could I say no to free cherries? When the box arrived at my doorstep, my kids and I immediately dove right in, eating them fresh. Now that we’ve had our fill, though, I’ve been left to decide what to do with the rest. I know that I will make some cherry ice cream at some point, but right now I’d like to branch out a little. I’ve decided to try this recipe that Whole Foods passed along, for goat cheese bruschetta with cherries and mint. If you don’t eat gluten, you can substitute a gluten-free bread or cracker for the whole wheat if you whip up some of your own.

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Cherries and Mint Whole Foods

Image courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Cherries and Mint

Ingredients:
1/2 pound (about 2 cups) cherries, pitted and halved
1/4 cup lightly packed mint leaves, thinly sliced
2 Tbsp orange juice
4 slices rustic whole wheat bread, toasted
4 ounces fresh goat cheese

Method:
In a medium bowl, toss together cherries, mint and orange juice. Spread bread with goat cheese, spoon cherry mixture over the top and serve.

What about you – what’s your favourite way to use cherries? And what’s your favourite kitchen gadget? I’d love to hear!

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    1. Oh my, that sounds absolutely delicious! I’ve never seen a cherry pitter. Would have come in handy when the kids were younger and couldn’t eat whole cherries on their own.
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      • It’s true – Jacob was still a toddler when I got my pitter, and it was very useful. I remember actually cutting and removing pits with my fingers for Hannah, which was not exactly easy.

    2. Our neighbours have a bit of an orchard and every year for my birthday they let me in to pick as may cherrys and apples as I want. It wasn’t long before I ran out and bought a pitter. I haven’t made icecream with my cherries, but I do dehidrate them and use them in my home made fruit leather (apple cherry). I also make cherry filling for cheesecakes and pies.

      When it comes to kitchen gadgets I love collanders. Big, small, stainless steel or pretty colours. I love them. I have many. I mean, many. Steve often wonders why I need so many collanders. I have no idea. I just love opening my cupboard and having many to choose from.
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    3. I definitely absolutely and beyond all doubt need one of these. Cherries are the only fruit I freeze and I freeze a lot of them… without the pits… removed manually. I buy the nice big dark ones that come out at the end of the season, usually 20 pounds worth, pit them & throw them into many small freezer bags & then into the freezer they go. They thaw perfectly, keeping their texture and taste with nothing added. A wonderful treat over the winter. But hours of work to pit. I definitely need one if these!!!

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