For the longest time, I refused to buy a cherry pitter. I swore I didn’t need one! Instead I would use a knife or a pastry tip to go through a big bowl of cherries, staining my hands and cutting board with cherry juice.
Why did I finally buy a cherry pitter?
If I’m being honest, it was a total impulse buy.
This isn’t normally how I buy anything (and certainly not tools designed only to do one job) since I’m conscious about whether the things I bring home will stand the test of time. But last week I was walking through the kitchen tools section in my grocery store, which I only get to do when I go shopping alone, and I couldn’t resist.
Considering I’d also bought fresh cherries the day before, I had a chance to use it right away.
I figured the splatter shield that came with mine was probably a gimmick, but it actually did a fantastic job keeping the juice contained to the bowl. It was also easy to remove and reattach when I cleaned it.
After using it I think I would have a hard time going back to not having one. It was easy to use, easy to clean, and I didn’t end up covered in juice. I read cherry pitters can also be used with most olives, so I’ll have to give that a go (and maybe this little gadget won’t be unitasker after all!)
When You Should Consider Buying a Cherry Pitter
Cherry pitters are a fantastic tool if you:
- Go through a lot of cherries.
- Want to eliminate some of the mess from pitting cherries.
- Need an ergonomic tool that’s also easy to operate.
- Will use it regularly.
Size and Storage
Cherry pitters are generally small and light. Mine doesn’t take up too much room in the drawer where I keep a bunch of other kitchen tools.
Usually they are dishwasher-safe, but I’ve always just quickly rinsed mine and washed it by hand. Be sure to remove the splatter shield (if yours has one) for washing!
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What I Own: OXO Cherry & Olive Pitter (not an affiliate link!)
Purchased: June 2019