Ain’t That the Pits?
Summer is in full swing and with it comes excess of everything we’ll wish we had in the winter — fresh strawberries, raspberries, apricots, and cherries for now.
This morning’s task was pitting the cherries and I was excited to use a tool found at a recent estate sale: the Cherry Pitter or Cherry Stoner. It will answer to either name. Even with a fun new (old) tool, the project did still turn out to be a chore. And a messy one at that (Note to self: Post about aprons!)
I spent the time pitting the cherries thinking about how the tool must have changed over the years and did a little research.
So, here is my tool (note the cherry-stained fingers):
Another version I did not buy at an estate sale (*sigh*): And one more that I would love to have to close out my cherry pitter collection (*sigh*):
I’m thinking about the people and brains over the years working on the problem of pits in cherries (or olives). It’s not one of our most pressing dilemmas; probably never was, but I bet more than once in many kitchens over the years it was a problem that some people took to solving. I think that’s pretty notable.