Brian and I had a few friends over for a last-minute brunch this past weekend. I had visions of whipping up a sweet cherry compote to serve with some pancakes, but let’s just say the result of that experiment is not something you’ll be reading about on the blog. The recipe wasn’t a total failure, though, as it gave us a chance to test out a cherry pitter that we picked up at the end of last summer.
The simple gadget fits over a standard Mason jar—something we have plenty of around here. Once the stem is removed from the cherry, just place the fruit on top of the rubber strip contained in the metal lid, which secures and cushions the cherry once the plunger from above is pushed down. When you’re finished, the pit goes straight into the jar below and your cherry remains perfectly intact. It makes quick work of a typically tedious task and zero mess is left behind. This is an investment you’ll be glad you made, especially during pie season. I’m sure we’ll be using this a lot in the months to come.