Pitting Party

July 5, 2015 at 12:22 PM 5 comments

For the past 5-6 years we’ve bought a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share each summer.  Our choice for the past three years has been Strites’ Orchard – in large part because we get lots of fruits as part of the share, plus the opportunity to pick extra at a discount or at no charge.

This week Amy, Shira and I went to Strites’ to pick more blueberries and sweet cherries.


Of course the biggest problem with the cherries is pitting them, right?  Not wanting to spend money on a one-trick-pony of a cherry pitting tool we looked around for other methods. Some of the options:

A straw?  Yeah…as if they made straws that strong any more.
Unfolded paper clip?  Took just as long as a knife, but more cherry mangling.
Pastry bag tip?  Not bad, but a teeny tiny target and if you push too hard you’ll end up splitting the cherry in half.

As I was trying these methods I had this sneaky feeling that there was something in the house that would be perfect for the job, but I just couldn’t place it.  Was it a tool in the basement?  Some other gadget we used for something else?  It was killing me.

At which point I went upstairs to give Eliana her medication for the night and it hit me – the 60 milliliter catheter tip syringes we use for burping her G-tube would be PERFECT! Seriously.  The end is just the right size and doesn’t get wider like pastry tip. Plus it sits upright on the little wings at the top so I don’t have to hunch over to use it.  And we have like 50 sitting in the drawer, so one of them would never be missed.

Worked like a champ.  (That’s cherry juice, by the way. Only cherries were harmed in the making of this photo.)

Cherry Pitter

So by the end of the day we had fresh blueberry scones, a blueberry/cherry/peach compote (using the remnants of last year’s frozen peach crop) and a couple of pounds of fresh-frozen fruit for later.  It was a good day.

Oh…and Eliana’s fine too.  Why do you think we’re ALWAYS going to write about her?


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Nathan  |  July 5, 2015 at 12:34 PM

    Perfect . . . and very resourceful!

  • 2. Richard Burton  |  July 5, 2015 at 3:31 PM

    Damn! All those years I pitted cherries using a knife tip.

  • 3. Suzanne  |  July 5, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Glad you have found a new use for Eliana’s medical equipment! Don’t forget to share this with other parents, the nurses and even the docs. Who knows, they may like to try it too!
    Happy 4th!

  • 4. Cuzzin Maisie  |  July 6, 2015 at 1:21 AM

    Sometimes you have to think outside the box,and other times outside the tube. Well done!

  • 5. Lisa  |  July 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Ya need to patent that and go on the shark tank! LOL Kidding, yay for ingenuity!


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